Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) Reviews

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Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If he'd made his childhood movie earlier in his career -- when he didn't have the sense to be so dispassionate -- it might have packed a meatier punch. Now it's just a deftly aimed poke.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 4, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 18, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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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
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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+
Christopher Null
April 2, 2006
unquestionably Malle's most personal film and arguably his most powerful
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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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.
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
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+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2010
In this frightening and beautiful film, a schoolboy must learn hard lessons early.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 5, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 25, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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