(1993)

Critic Reviews

89

Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
It is one of those rare movies that is not just about a story, or some characters, but about a whole universe of feeling.
100
Entertainment Weekly
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.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Magical and haunting, The Piano has the power and delicate mystery of a gothic fairy tale. [19 Nov 1993]
100
USA Today
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]
100
Wall Street Journal
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)]
100
Chicago Tribune
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]
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
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.
89
Austin Chronicle
The wonder of The Piano is that such an outwardly simple story could emerge into such a complex swirl of lingering memories.
80
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.
75
Christian Science Monitor
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]
75
ReelViews
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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