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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
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 18, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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 13, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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