The Piano Teacher Synopsis
A professor (Isabelle Huppert) demands complete control and perverse sex.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Powerful and outrageous.
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88

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
The result is a gripping psychological thriller that, while lacking the power of "Funny Games," is still the work of a master.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
You will not forget The Piano Teacher. Nor will you forget Isabelle Huppert, a brave, brilliant actress who here plays her masterpiece.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Haneke has made a masterly, disturbing movie.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is an old saying: Be careful what you ask for, because you might get it. The Piano Teacher has a more ominous lesson: Be especially...
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Watching Haneke's film is, aptly enough, a challenge and a punishment. But watching Huppert, a great actress tearing into a landmark role,...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Its grimness is explicit, so approach it with caution.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The audience for this grimly disquieting film is, or ought to be, self-selecting.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A squirmingly strange and brutal study of sexual power, masochism and mother-daughter madness.
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Thanks to a superb performance by Isabelle Huppert, it's compulsively, gruesomely watchable.
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Rated R | For Violence, Language and Aberrant Sexuality