To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir) Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve
September 22, 2014
The beauty of To Be And To Have is that Lopez's loss isn't the audience's. This movie is a portal, leading to a living museum of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
The most unvarnished cinematic portrait of childhood I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
It demonstrates without overreaching what an actual teacher can do to shape lives.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 4, 2004
One of those rare movies that works as a humbling experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 4, 2004
This is a film that all aspiring teachers should see, as well as veteran teachers who might have lost track of what teaching is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 20, 2004
As touching as Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), this is an excellent companion to Spellbound, another beguiling documentary about children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 10, 2004
The American school system would do well to take a page from Mr. Lopez's slow-but-steady curriculum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
February 13, 2004
It isn't just an ode to teaching -- it's a lesson in growing up.
| Original Score: A-
February 13, 2004
Auditing a class has never been more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 2, 2004
More often than not you may find yourself unexpectedly smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
January 30, 2004
A counterintuitive film about a small schoolhouse in rural France, To Be and to Have gets its punch from simple scenes and conversations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 23, 2004
To Be and to Have is a movie every teacher should see, and every parent, too.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
January 18, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 15, 2004
(Lopez's) teaching is simply one of the purest expressions of love I've ever seen on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
January 9, 2004
Philibert unobtrusively captures the priceless looks of concentration and confusion that come from a total unawareness of the camera's presence.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 3, 2004
Sweet, ultimately poignant portrait of a year in the life of a one-room school in Auvergne...an evocative, observant portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kendal Dodge Butler
culturevulture.net
December 22, 2003
Reveals... the teacher's-and the director's-love for the children and an aching nostalgia for a way of life that's on its way out...

Baltimore Sun
December 13, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
June 18, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2004
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 16, 2003

Guardian
July 8, 2003
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