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The Class Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 24, 2014
As you watch this exhilarating back-and-forth, it dawns on you that an ethically complex, emotionally troubling plot has taken shape; and you realize, with astonishment, that Cantet waited an hour to let it emerge.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
You will be sporadically moved by The Class, and maybe even inspired. You will also feel overpowering despair. But mostly: You will want to hug anyone who has ever, ever been a schoolteacher.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 23, 2010
Seems to question the continued effectiveness of an old teaching approach and its ability to adapt to new problems as well as modern variations of old ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
In the tidiest pitch-speak, it's the Dardennes do Degrassi, a convincingly intimate glimpse at the epic battle waged against apathy in schools the world over.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
The Class has considerable urgency and growing humor
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 25, 2009
creates dramatic energy without a tightly delineated storyline
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
August 23, 2009
But ultimately it's a fascinating, sometimes exhilarating movie that seems to make a genuine contact with the classroom, and shows us an educational system struggling, and managing, to survive.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 12, 2009
A great achievement in cinematic realism...when conflict arises, and it frequently does, the filmmakers refuse to instruct us on who's right and who's wrong, making the film its own kind of Socratic lecture. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 9, 2009
Un film tan realista que parece un documental ficcionado, y que se beneficia de la naturalidad de sus "actores". No es un film dramático tradicional, es más bien una reflexión sobre el sistema educativo y los vínculos dentro del salón de clase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Cantet's film lulls the spectator into the rhythms of the everyday reality of school, belying a very carefully coordinated narrative structure that only becomes apparent in its final act.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 2, 2009
The most authentic and honest film about high school students and teachers to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 1, 2009
An astonishing achievement for writer-actor François Bégaudeau who adapted his own book for the screenplay and also stars in this absorbing film about the challenges of teaching in a public school.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 23, 2009
One of the best school pics ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
It feels so "real," its fluid camera style like a cinéma-vérité.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 14, 2009
A tonic to the Hollywood teacher movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 10, 2009
...this doesn't fall into the easy cliches of the teacher at the bad school miraculously winning over the kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 10, 2009
...so low key and naturalistically realized that it could easily be mistaken for a documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 2, 2009
What sets The Class apart isn't simply its less-than-cozy tone, but the fact that it constantly plays against our expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 31, 2009
A piercing look at a generation gap that only seems to be gaping ever more widely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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