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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    An understated story of coping with emotional blows that offers a compelling portrait of a decent man. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What makes the film enthralling is the wisdom and grace with which it addresses the twin subjects of grief and healing, and the quiet beauty of Mohamed Fellag's performance in the title role. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Falarde, in adapting a play, has a sweet, humanistic approach reminiscent of Bill Forsyth's '80s dramedies that lets "Lazhar's" protagonist and his class shine. show more

  • 90
    Bob Mondello NPR

    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. show more

  • 100
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    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. show more

  • 100
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's an exquisite, humanistic and subtly topical work of cinema art that manages to keep the intimate, revelatory sensibility of a one-man play intact while fleshing out the characters and creating a very realistic and richly detailed school community. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the qualities of Monsieur Lazhar is that it has no simple questions and simple answers. Its purpose is to present us with a situation, explore the people involved and show us a man who is dealing with his own deep hurts. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Monsieur Lazhar doesn't send you home depressed. Instead, the film leaves you hopeful, and even exhilarated, that even the most painful wounds can sometimes heal. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    There's a quiet metaphor here: How do you teach children without touching them - their minds, their souls, their sensitivities? show more

  • July 23, 2012 mikesmutt
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    Nice movie with solid writing and acting. Nothing theatrical *********** can easily be watched on the small screen

  • May 22, 2012 eileen5
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    Very well done, kept my interest the whole way through.

  • May 20, 2012 lblesser
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    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 alexanderw
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    A wonderful film - full of feeling - the acting is great - a nice experience.

  • April 23, 2012
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    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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