(1993)

Critic Reviews

89

Metascore

Based on 20 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
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
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.
100
Washington Post
The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever.
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
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]
90
Time
Campion has spun a fable as potently romantic as a Bronte tale. But The Piano is also deeply cinematic. [22 Nov 1993]
90
Los Angeles Times
It takes exceptional acting to enable a story like this to take hold, and Campion has gotten it here. [19 Nov 1993]
89
The wonder of The Piano is that such an outwardly simple story could emerge into such a complex swirl of lingering memories.
80
Chicago Reader
"Sweetie" and "An Angel at My Table" have taught us to expect startling as well as beautiful things from Jane Campion, and this assured and provocative third feature offers yet another lush parable--albeit a bit more calculated and commercially minded--about the perils and paradoxes of female self-expression.
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]

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for The Piano (1993) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews


Recently Viewed