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Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 14, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Au Revoir Les Enfants" is a heartbreakingly confessional wartime film made all the more effective by the care with which the subjective story is told. Its sense of loss is profound.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Wally Hammond
Little White Lies
January 29, 2015
Not the director's best work, but far, far from being his worst either.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 28, 2015
Breathtakingly good.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Martyn Conterio
January 28, 2015
Malle builds Au Revoir Les Enfants out of small but vivid details centred on the life of the boarder, and the daily rituals and routines experienced by Julien Quentin (Gaspard Manesse) and Jean Bonnet (Raphael Fejtö).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 26, 2015
An ever-shifting balance of power is the film's greatest strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony McKibbin
The List
January 26, 2015
It was a story that, 'kept haunting me all these years,' Malle said, and it's likely to haunt the viewer a little also.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 28, 2011
One of Louis Malle's most personal and significant films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 24, 2010
Louis Malle, possibly at his best here. The drama is subtle but affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2010
In this frightening and beautiful film, a schoolboy must learn hard lessons early.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 13, 2006
Malle's approach is perfectly suited to the subject -- not in the least because his deliberate pacing conveys a child's sense of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 6, 2006
Avoids sentimentality, clichés and bombast, as it instead touches the heart in a moving and unforgettable way.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Christopher Null
April 2, 2006
unquestionably Malle's most personal film and arguably his most powerful
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 27, 2006
As ever, Malle's sensitivity is supreme and his delicate style evocative. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film's quiet integrity finally depends on his avoidance of heroic cliché and stylistic bombast, and on the unindulgent generosity extended towards his characters.

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
A delicately rendered and exceptionally moving reminiscence of a boyhood friendship cut short by war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
A powerful portrait of wartime France seen through the eyes of a child... The best film of director Louis Malle's distinguished career

July 8, 2003
This intense, unsentimental and intricately detailed film goes to the top of the class.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's a work that has the kind of simplicity, ease and density of detail that only a film maker in total command of his craft can bring off, and then only rarely.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
The great Louis Malle based this movie on his rueful recollection of an event that happened at his childhood boarding school during WWII.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A schoolboy cannot be expected to understand how swiftly violence and evil can strike out and change everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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