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July 23, 2012
Nice movie with solid writing and acting. Nothing theatrical *********** can easily be watched on the small screen
May 22, 2012
Very well done, kept my interest the whole way through.
May 20, 2012
This is a lovely film. My eyes get misty just thinking about it. The director deserves special recognition for how the schoolchildren are portrayed.
May 13, 2012
A wonderful film - full of feeling - the acting is great - a nice experience.
April 23, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar is a brilliantly written film full of compassion and intelligence. It's very well acted and includes a cast of superb child actors. Sophie is a particular standout and Fellag is outstanding. You will be moved by this the best film we've seen this year and a worthy contender for the Oscar.
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Nélisse, with her tough, Courtney Love puss, and Néron's portrayal of a boy's well-defended torment are extraordinary, as is the film's realization of the small, temporary world that surrounds them. Hitting upon that kind of specificity - of a moment and its emotion - makes for strong memories and a really great movie. Full Review
Monsieur Lazhar resembles a clear, clean glass of water: transparent, utterly devoid of gratuitous flavorings or frou-frou, and all the more bracing and essential for it. Full Review
Fellag, a comedian and himself an exile from Algeria, makes Lazhar both a sensitive and an amusing figure. And the kids are just terrific, especially Emilien Neron as a boy who carries the guilt of the whole school on his shoulders. Full Review
The New Yorker
The movie is so discreet and respectful that, outside the classroom, within whose walls the glory of French literature and language triumph, it never quite comes to life. [16 April 2012, p. 86] Full Review
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Ineffably sad - yet there's almost no loitering. The film is crisp, evenly paced, its colors bright, as sharp as the winter cold. Full Review