100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
One of the great Holocaust films.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There are three Poles in The Pianist -- Szpilman, Polanski, and Frederic Chopin. Of the three, fittingly, Chopin speaks the loudest.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A great movie on a powerful, essential subject -- the Holocaust years in Poland -- directed with such artistry and skill that, as we watch, the barriers of the screen seem to melt away.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Roman Polanski's new movie may be the greatest historical film centered on an enigmatic character since Lawrence of Arabia.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The result is a movie, and Cannes Palme d'Or winner, of riveting power and sadness, a great match of film and filmmaker -- and star, too.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The power of the arts to transcend cultural differences is presumably what moves the German to spare Szpilman, and, perhaps, is the key to Polanski's salvation as well.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
With this 2002 Cannes Film Festival best-picture winner, Polanski skips the quirky flourishes and simply brings history to life.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Nothing can detract from the film as a portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Astonishing visually and problematic dramatically.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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