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The Pianist

drama


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...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    96%
  • Audience Score
    96%

common sense

ON for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is clearly not a movie for children. However, in addition to being an excellent work of art, it's an instructive movie for teenagers who take for granted the comfort and stability of their world. War isn't glamorous, and the most principled and courageous people are among its first victims. This is an excellent movie about survival, fate, and values. It's a very worthwhile movie for young adults. Parents should know that the movie has strong language and graphic and horrific violence, including casual murder of Jews.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why movies like this one, which is based on a true story, are so important, even today. Are there any current events you can think of that are similar to the plight of Jews in World War II?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    96%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    96%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: One of the most indelible Holocaust films ever made.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fresh: POWERFUL seems too small a word to describe The Pianist, a masterpiece from a master film-maker.

- Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A fine film; worth watching.

- Raajay, Monday, December 30, 2013

3 stars

A fine film; worth watching.

- Raajay, Monday, December 30, 2013

3 stars

Hard to watch and heartrending but also masterfully made.

- jjnxn, Tuesday, December 24, 2013