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The Chorus (Les Choristes) Reviews


Time Out
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February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It never aims higher than a sweet sort of middling. And it succeeds.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 18, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 28, 2005
Nelson Pressley
Washington Post
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Ultimately effective on its own unambitious terms, but it's not the freshest thing to come down the pike.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 28, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Rises above feelgood status by virtue of its credible acting and outstanding score.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 28, 2005
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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It says nothing new about its well-worn theme of teacher as deliverer.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 28, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Jugnot has worked his magic on the audience long before Mathieu performs his miracle with the students.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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

January 28, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 28, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Thanks to a pitch-perfect performance by Gérard Jugnot as the teacher who brings music to a cacophonous school, the familiarity of The Chorus never breeds contempt -- or boredom. Far from it.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This feels more like a Hollywood wannabe than a French film. Where's the quirkiness, the nuance, the deeper levels?

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The crime of The Chorus isn't that it's corny. (I like corny.) It's that its corniness seems programmed.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 28, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Sure Chorus may be sentimental cheese, but it comes directly from the heart.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 27, 2005
Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
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It's a thoughtful, moving celebration of hope and resilience that doesn't turn sappy or manipulative.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

January 27, 2005
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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It is treacly, dishonest and stuffed with clichés like a Christmas goose.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 27, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The choral numbers, many with lyrics written by Barratier (a classically trained guitarist), are lovely.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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We've heard that tune many times before.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Corny it may be, but The Chorus does connect. Like all good popular entertainments, the best of it sings.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Fortunately, there are some subjects that touch similar emotions on either side of the Atlantic, perhaps indicating that we aren't that different after all.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This film really isn't about surprising us. It's about hitting all the right notes with grace and warmth. On that level, it's a sweet gem.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

January 24, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A pleasant enough tune. But unlike a great symphony -- or a truly fine film -- it doesn't linger too long in the mind.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

January 20, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Well acted by the kids and adults alike, and directed convincingly but without a trace of artistry by Christophe Barratier, it is cuddly, sentimental and harmless.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 20, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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

January 14, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Generic and uncomplicated, which doesn't mean it doesn't work. Tears will well up on cue with the precision of the best orchestra.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 14, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An enchantingly beautiful and moving film.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 13, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 13, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Sham art and questionable entertainment, but at the very least it sends you whistling out of the theater.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 12, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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We cringe honestly, dismayed by such cinematic tunelessness.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

January 12, 2005
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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Music is one universal language. Pandering is another.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 11, 2005
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
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Once story is safely out of the present-day prologue and into the extended flashback of pic proper, all is well and thoroughly enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 3, 2005
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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An appealing lead performance from its leading man and a wonderfully sentimental, if overly familiar, story line are the chief virtues of this French drama.

December 28, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A well-nigh irresistible film celebrating the redemptive power of music.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2004
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