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Monsieur Lazhar Reviews

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June 7, 2012
Falardeau dances delicately along the razor's edge of the familiar and the conventional. But he does so with tact and taste and just the right blend of tension and relief.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 1, 2012
This moving film features exquisite performances by Fellag and a stunning ensemble of child actors. The movie also gets high marks in cinematography, sound, original musical score and editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2012
Although it raises timeless questions about life and loss, and timely ones about mentorship and multiculturalism, "Monsieur Lazhar" would rather teach than preach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 31, 2012
... the perfect school drama for people who hate the Hollywood version of the genre, but are open to simple and moving stories about people doing the best they can in a world that doesn't always seem to encourage that approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 30, 2012
A humanistic story about how tragedy has different effects on people.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 28, 2012
a naturalistic ensemble drama about the possibilities - and the limitations - of the teacher-pupil relationship ... probably too low-key for mainstream multiplex tastes, Monsieur Lazhar is a temperate, generous and deeply affecting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
May 24, 2012
As the teacher, Fellag suggests Robert Downey Jr. channeling a quietly reflective Robert De Niro.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2012
A gentle film can still be searing in its effect on an audience, something that "Monsieur Lazhar" proves emphatically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 12, 2012
This is a good movie about teaching, but more importantly, a good movie about the loss of a loved one and how to cope with death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2012
With a few folds, this story could have made a script for John Barrymore, like Topaze, or for Chaplin.
May 11, 2012
There's a lighthearted inspiration infused throughout Monsieur Lazhar that makes it also touching, but never maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 10, 2012
Everything about the film sets exactly the right tone, from the unforced and winning performances by the main children to the wintry cinematography to Fellag's quietly rueful performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 10, 2012
The rare sort of movie that chooses not to focus on the dramatic, pivotal moments that happen in life, but what comes after.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2012
One of the most touching films of the year. A brilliant tragedy that transcends boundaries of age, country, race, religion and gender.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 10, 2012
tender and sincere, frequently striking a fine balance between the dictates of the "inspirational teacher" genre and a more mundane kind of realism that tamps down easy sentimentality and strives for something more organic and genuine
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2012
Takes the fairly dreadful 'teacher who makes a difference' sub-genre and puts an interesting new spin on it that gives it the allure of something fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 5, 2012
Some teachers will learn from it. All teachers will find it a reaffirmation of their vocation.
May 5, 2012
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an emotionally engaging, deservedly Oscar-nominated drama with a terrific central performance from Mohamed Saïd Fellag.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2012
It is moving, emotional, honest, and genuine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 4, 2012
Fans of Nicolas Philibert's immaculate chronicle of the learning curve, Être et Avoir, are sure to appreciate the warm lessons of this award-winning Canadian film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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