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

Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) Reviews

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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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2010
In this frightening and beautiful film, a schoolboy must learn hard lessons early.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In this season of boyhood remembrances, Malle's is the most devastating -- an inspired elegy to little boys lost.