YMMV / The Piano

  • Accidental Aesop: although the film was intended with a pro-feminist message, others have criticized the movie for being anti-feminist, as the Ada essentially prostitutes herself and falls in love with the man buying her services.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After winning an Oscar for playing a mute character, Holly Hunter's second most famous role uses only her voice.
  • Iron Woobie: Ada, though the iron part probably comes from her muteness.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Living in a bleak, bland land completely removed from home with a man whose own frustrations and awkwardness are driving him insane with jealousy? Nightmarish.
  • She Really Can Act: Anna Paquin gives an amazing and completely complex three-dimensional performance in her film debut as Ada's daughter Flora, which earned her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Need we mention she was only 9 when the movie was shot, and only 11 when she won the Oscar?
  • Values Dissonance: when it came out, it was considered a great feminist film, as Ada comes to terms with expressing her sexuality. Since then, other feminists have criticized the movie as anti-feminist because Ada is essentially prostituting herself, and falls in love with the man who is trading her services for letting her play the piano (which belonged to her in the first place).