The Piano Teacher
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Daring work of genius.
Los Angeles Times
The Piano Teacher will surely be too strong for some audiences and is best left to those who like films that take big risks and get away with them.
When you see The Piano Teacher in a movie theater you get a chance to go back in time, back to the days when French movies were titillating, provocative and kind of smart.
The New York Times
Has the feel of a clinical case study elevated into a subject of aesthetic and philosophical discourse.
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Haneke is an exploitation filmmaker of the highest gifts. His movies are not to be entered into lightly.
New Times (L.A.)
Huppert has never looked more beautiful. Despite her severe expression and lack of makeup, her face communicates enormous character. She proves absolutely spellbinding.
The New Yorker
A seriously scandalous work, beautifully made, and it deserves a sizable audience that might argue over it, appreciate it -- even hate it. [1 April 2002, p. 98]
Christian Science Monitor
Its grimness is explicit, so approach it with caution.
The audience for this grimly disquieting film is, or ought to be, self-selecting.
Whatever valid points are being explored are hopelessly clouded by the film's unwavering earnestness as it descends into silliness and excess.
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