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The Chorus (Les Choristes)

The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 107
Fresh: 73 | Rotten: 34

While predictable, this low-key heartwarmer manages to be uplifting without overdoing the sentiment.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 13

While predictable, this low-key heartwarmer manages to be uplifting without overdoing the sentiment.



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French producer and musician Christophe Barratier makes his directorial debut with the drama Les Choristes, inspired by the 1947 film La Cage aux Rossignols. Wildly successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin) returns home when his mother dies. He recollects his childhood inspirations through the pages of a diary kept by his old music teacher Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot). Back in the late '40s, little Pierre (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) is the badly behaved son of single mother

May 3, 2005


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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (34) | DVD (9)

It never aims higher than a sweet sort of middling. And it succeeds.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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There's very little in The Chorus you haven't seen before, but the movie's depth of sentiment -- especially its profound humanism -- makes it worth experiencing again.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Ultimately effective on its own unambitious terms, but it's not the freshest thing to come down the pike.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Rises above feelgood status by virtue of its credible acting and outstanding score.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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We smile and maybe even weep on cue, but we're still kept at a distance looking in, peering through a pretty window.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It says nothing new about its well-worn theme of teacher as deliverer.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Boarding school antics and the power of music.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

So infused with nostalgia, optimism and authenticity, it will prove irresistible to the older art-house demographic.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Les Choristes isn't quite as forced and syrupy as Mr. Holland's Opus or Music of the Heart, but it's not a classic like To Sir with Love or Goodbye, Mr. Chips either.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

The Chorus resonates through the brie.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

even the most formulaic films can be rescued when formulas are applied by real talents

October 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Un peu de rose bonbon, ça se prend bien de temps en temps, même dans le monde du cinéma.

June 25, 2005

Dudo que Los Coristas deje alguna huella en el espectador por demasiado tiempo, pero sin duda saldremos del cine con una sonrisa en los labios (...)

June 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The way that it embraces convention rather than invention makes Mr. Holland's Opus look like Pulp Fiction.

April 14, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The story has a lot of unexpected twists and turns.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Somehow with all the heartstrings pulled, I didn't feel anything more than being manipulated.

April 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The pudgy, nondescript Jugnot certainly doesn't look like leading-man material, but he delivers a low-key, carefully modulated performance and droll humor to finesse the movie's melodramatic streak and send us out flicking away a tear.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The Chorus is a fresh permutation on the Dead Poet's Society type theme.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

The premise may seem a little hokey, but Barratier's characters are too endearing to be dismissed with cynicism.

March 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

This is a movie fraught with clichés, yet also so full of beautiful music and innocent merriness that its more mawkish attributes are overlooked.

March 16, 2005 Full Review Source:

A hugely enjoyable film that plays like Le Societe de les Poets Morts meets L'Opus de Monsieur Holland.

March 12, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Even though all the notes are predictable, the film hits them with wit, warmth and gusto.

March 8, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

The music is lovely, as is the never-rushed pacing. Add to that Jugnot's very low-key lead performance, and you've got a formula to overcome even the film's most problematic moments.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Two Oscar nominations or not, if you've seen one inspirational-teacher melodrama (Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Mr. Holland's Opus), you've seen this one, too.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Everything old feels, if not new again, at least sweet and charming.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Chorus (Les Choristes)

Beautiful movie! Sweet. Heart warming. Charming. The actual chorus of young children they used for this movie sang like angels. This little film gives me hope that if children are engaged in the arts in some form, it becomes possible for them to overcome, or at least survive, the damage of earlier years of neglect.
December 10, 2011

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The Chorus is a charming story of hope infused with so much optimism and nostalgia. Genuine, heartwarming, and greatly inspiring. A humble, beautiful ballad to celebrate innocence and beauty. A joyful watch. Resonating.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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Family friendly, heartfelt, and a cinematic masterpiece. A contender for Best Foreign Film, it delivers.
September 8, 2010

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