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Monsieur Lazhar Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Works awfully well, managing to be sweet and distinctly easy without feeling the need to talk down to the viewer at the same time.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

May 3, 2012
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Eloquent drama about contemporary issues like immigration, education, integration and the propriety of physical contact with students.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 8/10

May 3, 2012
Xan Brooks
Guardian

Only the most obstreperous delinquent could fail to be charmed by Monsieur Lazhar, in which an Algerian refugee plays ramshackle Mary Poppins to the kids at a Montreal primary.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

May 3, 2012
Leo Robson
Financial Times

The film invites comparison with Laurent Cantet's 2008 film The Class, which makes it look tame by comparison, but also Dead Poets Society, which makes it look tough.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Monsieur Lazhar becomes a deeply affecting film not for pathos but for the way sadness is conveyed so subtly. It's a small triumph of restrained compassion, coaxing throat lumps rather than jerking tears.

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: A

May 3, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau's warm, tidy character study [is] gratifying.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 3, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Despite its independent credentials, it feels like a softened remake of a rawer, more compelling story.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Josh Winning
Little White Lies

A timely examination of violence in our society through the eyes of those who can't control it.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

May 3, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Broaching tough material in a tactful, sensitive manner, Monsieur Lazhar is a potent, stirring gem of Canadian cinema.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

May 2, 2012
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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You could almost describe 'Monsieur Lazhar' as a morality tale, but it's more thought-provoking than debate-provoking.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

May 1, 2012
Simon Kinnear
Total Film

The result is a shrewd look at classroom etiquette and an achingly sad study of grief-stricken solitude, built on ace performances by Fellag and the kids...

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

May 1, 2012
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

It's a subtle meditation on catharsis, and a gentle indictment of over-regulated education...

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2012
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

An Oscar nominee at this year's Academy Awards and for good reason, Falardeau's film is moving, smart and sensitive. Terrific stuff, in short.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2012
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Notions of class, cultural, ideological and emotional violence - or perhaps a little of each - take on vastly difference meanings in this sensitively woven French Canadian journey through Algerian exile, student angst and outsider alienation

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 29, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A quietly affecting character study...remarkable for its subtlety, charm, poignancy, and generosity of spirit.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B+

April 27, 2012
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

Remarkably human, touching, brilliant film that never succumbs to melodrama, finding something truthful in the complex relationship between adults and children forced to grow up too soon.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 4.5/5.0

April 27, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A sad, reflective study of the possibilities, and the impossibilities, inherent in the teacher-student relationship.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 27, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Monsieur Lazhar does the best job of summing up the appeal of his own movie: "A classroom is a place of friendship, of work and of courtesy ... a place of life."

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 27, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"Monsieur Lazhar" is good. Really good.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

April 27, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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"Monsieur Lazhar" is a complex, multilayered tale that reveals new meanings as it introduces each new character.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 26, 2012
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