• Released
  • August 9, 2005
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • Drama
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100

Los Angeles Times

Those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find The Piano Tuner to be nothing short of a masterpiece.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
The film is about vanity and pride, and the caging of beauty. Its elaborate fabrication has an intoxicating quality that captures the imagination like all good horror stories.
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80

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Flaunting elements of "Phantom of the Opera" and "The Island of Lost Souls," the movie, with its haunting, claustrophobic environment, allows the living and the merely lifelike to interact with an eerie beauty.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Their film is a fiendishly detailed toy -- the sort found at the back of a forgotten museum -- and while the shadow play it presents is an old and eternal one, you never cease to hear the whirr of the gears.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Seething with suggestions of perverse pleasures and inchoate horror, this dark fairy tale won't win the Pennsylvania-born, London-based Quay brothers any new fans -- it plays to the converted, and the converted know who they are.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Mainstream audiences will be put off by the lack of a straightforward narrative, but adventurous moviegoers will find pleasure in the hypnotic originality of the images.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Like a dream, this film is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon.
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58

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The result is a cast of characters who are little better than automatons themselves. This wouldn't be a problem if the rest of the film were as captivating as it was surely meant to be. Instead, the Quays work overtime to make both their story line and images as obscure as possible.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
With the film's hypnotic emphasis on artistry and architecture, most viewers will probably get their satisfaction from the striking visual elements, particularly the stop-motion animation.
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40

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
By the end of the 99 minute running time, there is a terrible sense of been-there/done-that. And for artists of the Quays' caliber, that is a huge mistake.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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