The Class Reviews

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
February 27, 2009
These kids aren't always all right. But they are consistently riveting.
February 27, 2009
A sparkling, clever work whose ensemble cast impresses, surprises, wrongfoots and disappoints you in exactly the same fashion a class might its teacher.
February 26, 2009
The Class skillfully straddles an intriguing line between reality and fiction.
February 20, 2009
By rough estimate, maybe 80 percent of the movie consists of these student-teacher slanging matches, but it's engrossing.