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The Class Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
What most critics probably aren't telling you about in their expectedly lavish praises of the film is its stereotypical and downright patronizing portrayal of race and ethnicity.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
While not as emotionally resonating and insightful as other classroom dramas such as Freedom Writers or as captivating as Dangerous Minds, at least it's mildly compelling, quietly moving and consistently true-to-life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
David Phelps
Slant Magazine
September 23, 2008
At best, The Class is great reality TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 3, 2014
...the sort of film that one admires more than one enjoys...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 14, 2009
Cantet uses actual students to retell their own stories, hoping for a gripping authenticity. But what comes across on the screen feels like a sanitized version of real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Armond White
New York Press
December 17, 2008
It's all designed to flatter the middle-class art-film audience's patronizing attitude toward the Third World.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
February 27, 2009
At its best, The Class has the authenticity of documentary. But even at its best, it lacks the structure and emotional rewards of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
You will be sporadically moved by The Class, and maybe even inspired. You will also feel overpowering despair. But mostly: You will want to hug anyone who has ever, ever been a schoolteacher.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 24, 2008
The performances are so natural that you could easily mistake The Class for a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 10, 2009 low key and naturalistically realized that it could easily be mistaken for a documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 5, 2009
The movie is bursting with life, energy, fears, frustrations and the quick laughter of a classroom hungry for relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
February 18, 2009
Those looking for answers to many of the most pressing junior high student/teacher issues won't find them here. What they will discover is a well-dramatized list of many of the most vexing questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 27, 2009
These kids aren't always all right. But they are consistently riveting.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2008
For anyone who loves language, this cut-and-thrust is a heady delight, so rich and free-flowing in its rhythms that it's hard to decide whether what we're seeing is a vérité-style documentary or a realist drama.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 5, 2009
This is one of the screen's most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language. Every voice we hear makes sense; every opinion means something.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 30, 2009
Since the subject of The Class is education, let's begin by giving it the grade it deserves: A+, with extra credit for no neatness.
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
In the tidiest pitch-speak, it's the Dardennes do Degrassi, a convincingly intimate glimpse at the epic battle waged against apathy in schools the world over.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 12, 2009
The hard-hitting film makes most other school-based films resemble child's play, as careers and futures of both the teacher and student hang in the balance, in the uncaring hands of an indifferent system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Leo Goldsmith
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.
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