• Released
  • April 13, 2012
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 34 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
  • 34 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: An Algerian emigrant takes over a Canadian classroom after a teacher's tragic death.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated PG-13 | For Mature Thematic Material, Brief Language and A Disturbing Image