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Monsieur Lazhar Reviews

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Shawn Levy
Oregonian
June 7, 2012
Falardeau dances delicately along the razor's edge of the familiar and the conventional. But he does so with tact and taste and just the right blend of tension and relief.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
June 1, 2012
This moving film features exquisite performances by Fellag and a stunning ensemble of child actors. The movie also gets high marks in cinematography, sound, original musical score and editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 1, 2012
Although it raises timeless questions about life and loss, and timely ones about mentorship and multiculturalism, "Monsieur Lazhar" would rather teach than preach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
May 31, 2012
... the perfect school drama for people who hate the Hollywood version of the genre, but are open to simple and moving stories about people doing the best they can in a world that doesn't always seem to encourage that approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 30, 2012
A humanistic story about how tragedy has different effects on people.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 28, 2012
a naturalistic ensemble drama about the possibilities - and the limitations - of the teacher-pupil relationship ... probably too low-key for mainstream multiplex tastes, Monsieur Lazhar is a temperate, generous and deeply affecting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 24, 2012
As the teacher, Fellag suggests Robert Downey Jr. channeling a quietly reflective Robert De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 24, 2012
A gentle film can still be searing in its effect on an audience, something that "Monsieur Lazhar" proves emphatically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
This is a good movie about teaching, but more importantly, a good movie about the loss of a loved one and how to cope with death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 11, 2012
With a few folds, this story could have made a script for John Barrymore, like Topaze, or for Chaplin.
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
May 11, 2012
There's a lighthearted inspiration infused throughout Monsieur Lazhar that makes it also touching, but never maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 10, 2012
Everything about the film sets exactly the right tone, from the unforced and winning performances by the main children to the wintry cinematography to Fellag's quietly rueful performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 10, 2012
The rare sort of movie that chooses not to focus on the dramatic, pivotal moments that happen in life, but what comes after.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 10, 2012
One of the most touching films of the year. A brilliant tragedy that transcends boundaries of age, country, race, religion and gender.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 10, 2012
tender and sincere, frequently striking a fine balance between the dictates of the "inspirational teacher" genre and a more mundane kind of realism that tamps down easy sentimentality and strives for something more organic and genuine
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 9, 2012
Takes the fairly dreadful 'teacher who makes a difference' sub-genre and puts an interesting new spin on it that gives it the allure of something fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 5, 2012
Some teachers will learn from it. All teachers will find it a reaffirmation of their vocation.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 5, 2012
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally engaging, deservedly Oscar-nominated drama with a terrific central performance from Mohamed Saïd Fellag.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
May 4, 2012
Fans of Nicolas Philibert's immaculate chronicle of the learning curve, Être et Avoir, are sure to appreciate the warm lessons of this award-winning Canadian film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 4, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar remains tight-lipped about his private life, but the audience comes to learn about the great human loss and danger of deportation that clouds his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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