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To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir) Reviews

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September 22, 2014
The beauty of To Be And To Have is that Lopez's loss isn't the audience's. This movie is a portal, leading to a living museum of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 4, 2005
The most unvarnished cinematic portrait of childhood I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 7, 2004
It demonstrates without overreaching what an actual teacher can do to shape lives.
June 4, 2004
One of those rare movies that works as a humbling experience.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 4, 2004
This is a film that all aspiring teachers should see, as well as veteran teachers who might have lost track of what teaching is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 20, 2004
As touching as Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), this is an excellent companion to Spellbound, another beguiling documentary about children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2004
The American school system would do well to take a page from Mr. Lopez's slow-but-steady curriculum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2004
It isn't just an ode to teaching -- it's a lesson in growing up.
Read More | Original Score: A-
February 13, 2004
Auditing a class has never been more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 2, 2004
More often than not you may find yourself unexpectedly smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 30, 2004
A counterintuitive film about a small schoolhouse in rural France, To Be and to Have gets its punch from simple scenes and conversations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2004
To Be and to Have is a movie every teacher should see, and every parent, too.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 23, 2004
At times, it feels as stultifying as watching paint dry, without the recompense of sniffing fumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 15, 2004
(Lopez's) teaching is simply one of the purest expressions of love I've ever seen on film.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
January 9, 2004
Philibert unobtrusively captures the priceless looks of concentration and confusion that come from a total unawareness of the camera's presence.
January 3, 2004
Sweet, ultimately poignant portrait of a year in the life of a one-room school in evocative, observant portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 22, 2003
Reveals... the teacher's-and the director's-love for the children and an aching nostalgia for a way of life that's on its way out...
December 1, 2003
In its discussion of the natural, essential roles of learning and teaching in life, Ętre et Avoir is an elegantly shot, eloquently stated, first-class report.
November 21, 2003
A testament to the scary responsibility of primary education, and a powerful tribute to the nobility and unselfishness -- and vital importance -- of the teaching profession.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 21, 2003
Watchful viewers -- particularly those with fond memories of a favorite teacher -- will be deeply moved by this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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