The Chorus (Les Choristes) Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 28, 2005
This feels more like a Hollywood wannabe than a French film. Where's the quirkiness, the nuance, the deeper levels?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
January 12, 2005
Desperate to be labeled 'Dickensian'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 13, 2005
A deeply conventional story about truculent or orphaned boys and the gentle soul who finds himself by shaping the tots into a chorus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 1, 2005
The movie dips into cinema past for its inspiration, but stays far away from real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
January 31, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kent Turner
January 14, 2005
Boys Town meets The Sound of Music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 7, 2005's sweet but the calories are mostly empty
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Blackwelder
February 22, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 3, 2005
Somehow with all the heartstrings pulled, I didn't feel anything more than being manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 12, 2005
We cringe honestly, dismayed by such cinematic tunelessness.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 14, 2005
All the characters are flat-out stereotypes; there isn't a surprising plot twist in sight, and even the singing is nothing to write home about.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 28, 2005
The crime of The Chorus isn't that it's corny. (I like corny.) It's that its corniness seems programmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 28, 2005
Barratier seems to have culled the stereotypes, situations and sentiments from dozens of similar movies, including the more dramatically satisfying Mr. Holland's Opus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 28, 2005
Simple, slight and a bit saccharine, Les Choristes may satisfy a sweet tooth, but anyone wishing to bite deeply into something will be disappointed.
| Original Score: C
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 1, 2004
Those of us who prefer our cup of drama without a sweetness filter will be loutish enough to give it a pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 5, 2005
sweet with its heart appropriately placed on the side of goodness and cute kids, so it's not difficult to see why audiences respond positively
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 13, 2005
A conspicuously charming kids' film [but] adults who slobber over The Chorus are kidding themselves if they think it's sophisticated, realistic, or original.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jurgen Fauth
January 25, 2005
Formulaic and obvious
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 5, 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 (...)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 20, 2004
A shrill circus act people love to confuse for foreign correspondence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 28, 2005

Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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