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The Pianist

  R HD Closed Captioning

Roman Polanski

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Plot Summary

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist, stars Oscar® winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II. This powerful, triumphant film follows Szpilman's heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help of a sympathetic German officer. A truly unforgettable epic, testifying to both the power of hope and the resiliency of the human spirit, The Pianist is a miraculous tale of survival masterfully brought to life by visionary filmmaker, Roman Polanski, in his most personal movie ever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

96%
  • Reviews Counted: 178
  • Fresh: 170
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: We admire this film for its harsh objectivity and refusal to seek our tears, our sympathies. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: In going home to tell Szpilman's story Polanski seems reborn: once again he's become a filmmaker who matters. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Holocaust has been the subject of many films. The Pianist is one of the great ones. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

SUCH GREAT FILMMAKING

I'm not sure how recently this film was made available here, but I'm shocked that there are only 4 reviews on here (as of 8/14/09). This is such a great film, from the writing, to the acting and of course the directing. Polanski is at the top of his game, telling a story so close to his own. Adrien Brody truly earns the Oscar he won. And despite it being a bleak, sad, "downer" of a movie, it's not depressing! It offers a ray of hope at the end. It's one of those "triumph of the human spirit" movies. The musician who overcomes terrible odds and manages to survive. The Nazi officer with a kind heart. It's so simple, so honest, so pure and so good, I can't imagine anyone not being moved by it. Man, at the end, after he's been STARVING and struggling to survive for so long, and he finally gets that bread and a little strawberry jam - You can just TASTE that jam as he eats it. And anything you eat while watching that movie is going to taste SO good, just out of appreciation of HAVING food... It makes you count your blessings, and this movie IS a blessing. I'm right, and anyone who disagrees with me is wrong! So speaketh Jesse! (:

The Pianist

One of the best movies I've ever seen. The best part of the movie is that it's based on a true story. Great acting.

Absolutely the best movie ever made.5*****

I have watched many movies and this one ranks up there at the number 1 spot. It really is wonderfully made, full of war action, heart wrenching drama, and a great story "based on a true story". A must for any and all movie collections!