Monsieur Lazhar Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
Guaranteed to have you reaching for the Kleenex.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Falardeau had the good fortune to work with a powerfully effective ensemble cast, and Martin Léon's minimalist ambient score helps set the mood for a satisfying story about the healing effect brief encounters can have on emotional scars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
January 15, 2013
While it may not stand out from similar movies, Monsieur Lazhar is a sweet film with a simple story and remains engaging thanks in large part to Mohamed Fellag's charming performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 7, 2013
Philippe Falardeau's direction is a model of the notion that less is more, and this film is a treat well worth savoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Liam Maguren
Flicks.co.nz
November 22, 2012
This is cinema at its most impactful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
By the time you realise how invested you are in this tale it is too late: Monsieur Lazhar has you. I consider myself a cinematic Chuck Norris, but this film had me blubbering like a baby.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 16, 2012
While "Monsieur Lazhar" is a decent film, I wish it would have done more to stand out from other similar films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 12, 2012
The film understands the complex bond between teachers and students, and how the classroom is a sacred space they share for a short time before moving on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2012
Thankfully, the impressive cast of child actors actually behave like children, not like miniature adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alice Tynan
Limelight
September 6, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar is a film to cherish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Poe
FILMINK (Australia)
September 6, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar never pretends to be anything but a grown-up fable, and it's a captivating one.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 6, 2012
Phillipe Falardeau, who adapted the play into a screenplay, can't entirely paper over a few niggling loose ends, but overall this disturbing film is very effective indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
September 6, 2012
Lazhar is something of a puzzle, and much of the pleasure of Philippe Falardeau's film lies in the gradual unfolding of his reserved yet impulsive personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
September 6, 2012
Very few films offer a moral grandeur, as well as a political foundation; very few films have such poised and brilliant performances from unknown actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 6, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar is a film that focuses on humanity when at its most vulnerable, with the film itself a warm embrace that will evoke tears of joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 1, 2012
Beautifully performed by all the actors, not least the youngsters
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 1, 2012
The fact that both teacher and students are in need of protection adds greatly to the poignancy and Falardeau delivers an emotionally rich film filled with nuance, grace and subtlety
Tom Clift
Moviedex
July 5, 2012
Under Falardeau's inconspicuous lens, life plays out with rare authenticity; not just its tragedies, but its triumphs, its mishaps and its incidental interludes
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
July 5, 2012
In Monsieur Lazhar, education can prevail over its literal restrictions. Teachers may make mistakes, but the good ones emphasize independence and intelligence. And interpretation. They serve inquisitiveness, not inquisition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
June 7, 2012
Falardeau's adaptation of fellow Québécois Evelyne de la Chenelière's play honours the power of the written word (a motif reinforced throughout the film), and expands on its stage origins via remarkably-assured cinematic touches.
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