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Parents' Guide to

The Pianist

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful true story of a Jewish pianist has brutal violence.

Movie R 2002 150 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 16+

May be one of the best movies I've ever seen. Please watch this with your (older) kids.

I would say this is one of the most powerful movies about war and the resilience of the human spirit ever made. It is brutal and unrelenting, but the story will stay with you long after you see it. Please watch this with your kids then talk about it afterwards and why we need to be vigilant that nothing like this ever happens again.
age 15+

So good but a bit to mature for younger teens and kids

One of my favorite movies. But the Holocaust is a very strong topic, and this is a very sad movie but I highly recommend this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (20 ):

The most effective parts of the movie are the small, vivid, almost unbearably poignant human moments. In one, a family awaiting a transport train that will take them away to a concentration camp combines all their remaining money to buy a single caramel, which they carefully divide into four tiny portions. The Pianist is an intense movie that is best for high school kids and up.

Roman Polanski, himself a survivor of the Holocaust who lost many family members, powerfully conveys the epic journey of a man who is transformed by a series of events from an elegantly dressed, highly cultured musician to a scavenging, debased shell of a human being.

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