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The Chorus (Les Choristes) Reviews

April 29, 2005
It never aims higher than a sweet sort of middling. And it succeeds.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2005
There's very little in The Chorus you haven't seen before, but the movie's depth of sentiment -- especially its profound humanism -- makes it worth experiencing again.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 28, 2005
Ultimately effective on its own unambitious terms, but it's not the freshest thing to come down the pike.
January 28, 2005
Rises above feelgood status by virtue of its credible acting and outstanding score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 28, 2005
We smile and maybe even weep on cue, but we're still kept at a distance looking in, peering through a pretty window.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 28, 2005
It says nothing new about its well-worn theme of teacher as deliverer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 28, 2005
Jugnot has worked his magic on the audience long before Mathieu performs his miracle with the students.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2005
Simple, slight and a bit saccharine, Les Choristes may satisfy a sweet tooth, but anyone wishing to bite deeply into something will be disappointed.
Read More | Original Score: C
January 28, 2005
Barratier seems to have culled the stereotypes, situations and sentiments from dozens of similar movies, including the more dramatically satisfying Mr. Holland's Opus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 28, 2005
Thanks to a pitch-perfect performance by Gérard Jugnot as the teacher who brings music to a cacophonous school, the familiarity of The Chorus never breeds contempt -- or boredom. Far from it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2005
This feels more like a Hollywood wannabe than a French film. Where's the quirkiness, the nuance, the deeper levels?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 28, 2005
The crime of The Chorus isn't that it's corny. (I like corny.) It's that its corniness seems programmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2005
Sure Chorus may be sentimental cheese, but it comes directly from the heart.
January 27, 2005
It's a thoughtful, moving celebration of hope and resilience that doesn't turn sappy or manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 27, 2005
It is treacly, dishonest and stuffed with clichés like a Christmas goose.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 27, 2005
The choral numbers, many with lyrics written by Barratier (a classically trained guitarist), are lovely.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 27, 2005
We've heard that tune many times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 27, 2005
Corny it may be, but The Chorus does connect. Like all good popular entertainments, the best of it sings.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 24, 2005
Fortunately, there are some subjects that touch similar emotions on either side of the Atlantic, perhaps indicating that we aren't that different after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 24, 2005
This film really isn't about surprising us. It's about hitting all the right notes with grace and warmth. On that level, it's a sweet gem.
January 20, 2005
A pleasant enough tune. But unlike a great symphony -- or a truly fine film -- it doesn't linger too long in the mind.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2005
Well acted by the kids and adults alike, and directed convincingly but without a trace of artistry by Christophe Barratier, it is cuddly, sentimental and harmless.
January 14, 2005
All the characters are flat-out stereotypes; there isn't a surprising plot twist in sight, and even the singing is nothing to write home about.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 14, 2005
Generic and uncomplicated, which doesn't mean it doesn't work. Tears will well up on cue with the precision of the best orchestra.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 13, 2005
An enchantingly beautiful and moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 13, 2005
A deeply conventional story about truculent or orphaned boys and the gentle soul who finds himself by shaping the tots into a chorus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 12, 2005
Sham art and questionable entertainment, but at the very least it sends you whistling out of the theater.
January 12, 2005
We cringe honestly, dismayed by such cinematic tunelessness.
January 11, 2005
Music is one universal language. Pandering is another.
January 3, 2005
Once story is safely out of the present-day prologue and into the extended flashback of pic proper, all is well and thoroughly enjoyable.
December 28, 2004
An appealing lead performance from its leading man and a wonderfully sentimental, if overly familiar, story line are the chief virtues of this French drama.
December 21, 2004
A well-nigh irresistible film celebrating the redemptive power of music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5