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Monsieur Lazhar Reviews

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
April 8, 2012
There's great potential for the kind of issues that are taken on, but nothing is resolved, and the biggest questions, of guilt and shame, the gulf of understanding between the first world and the third, remain unengaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 13, 2012
The film, alas, seems determined to be as careful, as gentle, as Lazhar himself.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 10, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar is so discreet that it never quite comes to life.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
Guaranteed to have you reaching for the Kleenex.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
By the time you realise how invested you are in this tale it is too late: Monsieur Lazhar has you. I consider myself a cinematic Chuck Norris, but this film had me blubbering like a baby.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Beck
September 16, 2012
While "Monsieur Lazhar" is a decent film, I wish it would have done more to stand out from other similar films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
January 15, 2013
While it may not stand out from similar movies, Monsieur Lazhar is a sweet film with a simple story and remains engaging thanks in large part to Mohamed Fellag's charming performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jim Poe
FILMINK (Australia)
September 6, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar never pretends to be anything but a grown-up fable, and it's a captivating one.
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John Semley
AV Club
April 12, 2012
Falardeau offers a film as believably wrenching, and finally cathartic, as the grieving process itself.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
May 4, 2012
Fans of Nicolas Philibert's immaculate chronicle of the learning curve, Ętre et Avoir, are sure to appreciate the warm lessons of this award-winning Canadian film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Liam Maguren
November 22, 2012
This is cinema at its most impactful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
April 6, 2012
The acting is stellar throughout the film, from the one-named Algerian actor Fellag's subtle and warm portrayal of the title character, to the cast of precocious children who make up his classroom.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tom Clift
July 5, 2012
Under Falardeau's inconspicuous lens, life plays out with rare authenticity; not just its tragedies, but its triumphs, its mishaps and its incidental interludes
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Deming
TV Guide
January 7, 2013
Philippe Falardeau's direction is a model of the notion that less is more, and this film is a treat well worth savoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Siobhan Synnot
April 29, 2012
It's a subtle meditation on catharsis, and a gentle indictment of over-regulated education...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
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
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
April 10, 2012
Fellag does for the film what his Lazhar does for the pupils: He's soothing and entrancingly enigmatic enough to keep us fixed to our seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
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