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Monsieur Lazhar Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 3, 2012
Works awfully well, managing to be sweet and distinctly easy without feeling the need to talk down to the viewer at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 3, 2012
Eloquent drama about contemporary issues like immigration, education, integration and the propriety of physical contact with students.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Xan Brooks
Guardian
May 3, 2012
Only the most obstreperous delinquent could fail to be charmed by Monsieur Lazhar, in which an Algerian refugee plays ramshackle Mary Poppins to the kids at a Montreal primary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
May 3, 2012
The film invites comparison with Laurent Cantet's 2008 film The Class, which makes it look tame by comparison, but also Dead Poets Society, which makes it look tough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
May 3, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar becomes a deeply affecting film not for pathos but for the way sadness is conveyed so subtly. It's a small triumph of restrained compassion, coaxing throat lumps rather than jerking tears.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau's warm, tidy character study [is] gratifying.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 3, 2012
Despite its independent credentials, it feels like a softened remake of a rawer, more compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
May 3, 2012
A timely examination of violence in our society through the eyes of those who can't control it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 2, 2012
Broaching tough material in a tactful, sensitive manner, Monsieur Lazhar is a potent, stirring gem of Canadian cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 1, 2012
You could almost describe 'Monsieur Lazhar' as a morality tale, but it's more thought-provoking than debate-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
May 1, 2012
The result is a shrewd look at classroom etiquette and an achingly sad study of grief-stricken solitude, built on ace performances by Fellag and the kids...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
April 29, 2012
It's a subtle meditation on catharsis, and a gentle indictment of over-regulated education...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
April 29, 2012
An Oscar nominee at this year's Academy Awards and for good reason, Falardeau's film is moving, smart and sensitive. Terrific stuff, in short.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 29, 2012
Notions of class, cultural, ideological and emotional violence - or perhaps a little of each - take on vastly difference meanings in this sensitively woven French Canadian journey through Algerian exile, student angst and outsider alienation
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 27, 2012
A quietly affecting character study...remarkable for its subtlety, charm, poignancy, and generosity of spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
April 27, 2012
Remarkably human, touching, brilliant film that never succumbs to melodrama, finding something truthful in the complex relationship between adults and children forced to grow up too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5.0
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 27, 2012
A sad, reflective study of the possibilities, and the impossibilities, inherent in the teacher-student relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 27, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar does the best job of summing up the appeal of his own movie: "A classroom is a place of friendship, of work and of courtesy ... a place of life."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 27, 2012
"Monsieur Lazhar" is good. Really good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 26, 2012
"Monsieur Lazhar" is a complex, multilayered tale that reveals new meanings as it introduces each new character.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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