The Pianist Synopsis
A Jewish pianist (Adrien Brody) survives Nazi occupation in Poland.
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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,...
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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...
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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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Incredibly moving

By johnny4340
The movie was unlike any other and truly showed the holocaust from an average Jewish families point of view....

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its alright

By Ghostmarine216
this movie was too sad and boring that i couldn't even watch it!...

"The Pianist" is the ultimate historical survival tale.

By Dominic LeRose
The Holocaust was one of the most degrading and upsetting times in world history, causing millions of deaths, war, and grueling survival. Adrien Brody stars as the Wladyslaw Szpilman, a true-life...

One of the 5 greatest WWII movies of all time?

By BubblePopper
This movie is about a famed Polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman who struggled with his family in Warsaw in 1939. It takes place during a Nazi tyranny attack on Warsaw where Szpilman most be...

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Rated R | For Violence and Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids.
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