The Class Reviews

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November 17, 2011
August 23, 2009
But ultimately it's a fascinating, sometimes exhilarating movie that seems to make a genuine contact with the classroom, and shows us an educational system struggling, and managing, to survive.
August 8, 2009
Cantet's film lulls the spectator into the rhythms of the everyday reality of school, belying a very carefully coordinated narrative structure that only becomes apparent in its final act.
March 13, 2009
Most impressive, Cantet tracks the racial and ethnic resentments that simmer beneath the classroom discussions but become harder to quell when the parents get involved.
March 4, 2009
The Class, an Oscar-nominated French film about a Paris middle school, should be required viewing for anybody considering a career in teaching.
February 27, 2009
The fact that it's based on a book written by a former teacher who also stars in the film gives it more than a bit of authenticity
January 27, 2019
There's something so inherently truthful and universal about what the film shows, and, if anything, its success is in its seeming lack of rhetoric and polemicising.
December 11, 2018
There are lessons to be learned in The Class, but its makers aren't clear enough on what they are.
August 29, 2018
This is not an 'inspirational teacher' movie, but it is a small, quiet inspiration.
August 7, 2018
[Cantet] reminds all of us that kids are just kids, and every last one of them deserves a fair chance... The Class and its critical reception, proves the playing field certainly is changing.
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