100

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
With its breathtaking visual style and careful attention to sound and movement, the movie provokes contemplation about the ways people communicate – through words, through music, through sex, and, most significantly, through touch. [14 Dec 1993, p.A14(E)]
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Magical and haunting, The Piano has the power and delicate mystery of a gothic fairy tale. [19 Nov 1993]
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Great art is both immediately accessible and eternally elusive, having at its centre a powerful simplicity that speaks to anyone who cares to listen, that rewards every interpretation while embracing none. The Piano is great art.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
In Jan Campion's The Piano, the emotions are deep, fierce, primordial. Sexuality overwhelms the film's characters like ocean waves blasting against a cliffside. [19 Nov 1993]
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
By the end, Campion views all her characters with a compassion bordering on grace, a humanity-like her heroine's-as dark, quiet, and enveloping as the ocean.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is one of those rare movies that is not just about a story, or some characters, but about a whole universe of feeling.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Campion's script is very well received, but the film finally makes it on cinematics: bleakly beautiful photography, haunting score, and good acting. [12 Nov 1993]
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80

TV Guide

Campion's eye is extraordinary. She searches out the detail that makes the image, and the image that tells the story more eloquently than words ever could.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Although the action tends to become melodramatic and even overwrought at times, the imaginative power of Campion's images and emotional insights (especially with regard to the heroin) rarely allow the story to seem artificial or exaggerated. [12 Nov 1993]
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A solid motion picture with a universal message and occasional splashes of genius, but it is remarkable only as Holly Hunter's performance is concerned.
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89 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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