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The Pianist

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Roman Polanski

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About the Movie

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


  • Reviews Counted: 179
  • Fresh: 171
  • 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

What a remarkable movie!!

5 out of 5, hands down!! thanks for adding this wonderful movie.. Best drama story - I have ever seen!!

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!