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The Class Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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 6, 2009
The film raises important questions about learning, authority and discipline, and is honest enough to admit that it doesn't really have any answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 27, 2009
These kids aren't always all right. But they are consistently riveting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
February 27, 2009
French director Laurent Cantet does something miraculous with it in this fresh piece of humanist, realist, optimist cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 27, 2009
The Class confirms and extends Cantet's status as one of the masters of European social cinema. It's a hugely important film.
February 27, 2009
This is a fleeting glimpse into a rarely examined world. Despite its honest portrayal of teachers as overworked, underpaid and underappreciated, you even leave the cinema wanting to teach.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2009
How could anyone not love Laurent Cantet's The Class (Entre les murs)? Last year's Golden Palm winner is the best film about schoolteaching I have seen: a wise, funny cry of helplessness before the tsunami of anarchy that can be school-age adolescence.
February 27, 2009
Cantet has offered another subtly incisive study of work, class and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2009
To say this is an important film would perhaps be offputting - but it is, and please don't be offput.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2009
The Class skillfully straddles an intriguing line between reality and fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2009
By rough estimate, maybe 80 percent of the movie consists of these student-teacher slanging matches, but it's engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 20, 2009
Never feels scripted, even with so much talking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 19, 2009
Cantet has created a deceptively simple film that gradually deconstructs a Hollywood genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 19, 2009
The Class is not just the best film released thus far this year. It may be the most gripping.
February 19, 2009
Powerful, mesmerizing and full of moments that linger long after the bell rings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 18, 2009
Those looking for answers to many of the most pressing junior high student/teacher issues won't find them here. What they will discover is a well-dramatized list of many of the most vexing questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 12, 2009
The effect of this sobering, funny and, finally, enlightening, portrait is one of enormous sympathy for all parties in the education tango.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 5, 2009
Laurent Cantet's drama The Class brings us back to earth, unalloyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 5, 2009
This is one of the screen's most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language. Every voice we hear makes sense; every opinion means something.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 5, 2009
The Class isn't a documentary, but the scenes have the loose, slow-cooked feel of a director turning on a camera and waiting to see what happens -- think Mike Leigh meets Frederick Wiseman.
February 5, 2009
The movie is bursting with life, energy, fears, frustrations and the quick laughter of a classroom hungry for relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 2, 2009
Wherever you were schooled, in public schools or private, in the slums or in the suburbs, you will recognize yourself in this film and laugh and beam and cower.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 30, 2009
Since the subject of The Class is education, let's begin by giving it the grade it deserves: A+, with extra credit for no neatness.
January 30, 2009
Clichés are deftly avoided in this thought-provoking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 30, 2009
Laurent Cantet's scrappy mesmerizer of a movie about a life in learning sneaks up and floors you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 29, 2009
The drama unfolds with the pace and tone of a nature show. Like watching exotic cats hunt unattractive prey, you're on neither team's side -- at least, not for long.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 23, 2009
[The film] understands that emotional authenticity is just as important as entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2009
The Class -- winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival -- is in a class by itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 22, 2009
[An] energetic, tightly focused, intriguing feature that has the look and feel of a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2009
The drama of The Class is organic, rising from the hundreds of daily exchanges in a schoolroom...The lessons you take away will be purely personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2009
The Class is simultaneously old school and new, familiar in its themes but unique in design and, at its best, riveting in execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2008
Bracingly realistic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2008
The power of The Class will sneak up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 19, 2008
The beauty of The Class is that it puts the lie to the one-teacher-can-make-a-difference myth propagated by so many other films.
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 18, 2008
You walk out of the theater feeling unsettled, curious, and passionate to talk -- as if you just spent two hours in the best class you ever took.
December 17, 2008
During the second half's institutional breakdown, the movie truly comes alive, casting off any To Monsieur, with Love aspirations and turning into something much more complicated, chewy and real.
Read More | Original Score: 4/6
December 15, 2008
The Class is a prime document of French post-colonial blues, though its relevance to American urban education could not be any greater if it had been made in the Bronx or Trenton or South Los Angeles.
October 18, 2008
A highly dramatic and candid look at the challenges facing a nation that prides itself on its egalitarianism yet is now being confronted with a multi-ethnic citizenry that does not always embrace its hallowed traditions.
October 18, 2008
Cantet's Palme d'Or winner is a marvel, its authenticity deriving both from the superb performances of its non-professional cast and from a screenplay co-written by Bégaudeau.
October 18, 2008
This documentary-style look at a year in a French middle school is certainly ambitious and ultimately delivers after a pretty tedious first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
Talky in the best sense, the film exhilarates with its lively, authentic classroom banter while its emotional undercurrents build steadily but almost imperceptibly over a swift 129 minutes.
September 26, 2008
A lovely, exhilarating work about the ways in which failure and frustration can open the pathways through which we make sense out of life.
September 26, 2008
An artful, intelligent movie about modern French identity and the attempt to transform those bodies into citizens through talk, talk, talk.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 24, 2008
Place The Class on your must-see list and keep it there until you do.
September 22, 2008
The Class is a true movie miracle: fragile yet indelible.
May 24, 2008
Arguably the finest film ever made about education. And within the context of a changing world, it is timely, too.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 24, 2008
Cantet's film makes you squirm with indignation and disbelief. But it also captures one or two of those rare moments of breakthrough that make all the difference to a teacher's will to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5