100

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
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.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
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.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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90

NPR

By Bob Mondello
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.
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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.
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88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There's a quiet metaphor here: How do you teach children without touching them - their minds, their souls, their sensitivities?
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
An understated story of coping with emotional blows that offers a compelling portrait of a decent man.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.