The Class Synopsis
An account of a literature teacher's experiences in an inner city school in Paris.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
I was much more disheartened leaving the movie the first time I saw it than I was the second. Its richness resides in its apparent...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
This is one of the screen's most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The Class ranks with the very best films ever made about teaching, and it's unlike any English or American film about teaching ever made.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Class is clearly a microcosm of contemporary France, beset by social and economic tensions. More than that, though, it's a saga of...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is bursting with life, energy, fears, frustrations and the quick laughter of a classroom hungry for relief.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In a class by itself.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Fierce, funny and moving, The Class graduates with honors. It's unmissable.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
French movies are not so neatly resolved. In fact, the point of many French movies, such as this provocative one from director Laurent...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Class is a deeply moving film about the challenges of educating children in a complex and often turbulent world.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is the most realistic film about teaching that you're ever likely to see.
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The Class is intense

By Turk_182
It's a very French film - no Hollywood beginnings or endings, the plot doesn't turn as you expect - and it feels very real, you get into the characters and feel their struggles. It's not an easy film...

Entre les mur (The Class)

By michelef1
The trailer made it look like this was a French comedy-a lightweight treatment of a serious subject. It was more like sitting through C-Span coverage of a school board meeting. Talking heads for 2...

Compelling and documentary-like

By jenhc
Great performances from a cast of (mostly) non-actors. I had thought there would be more of an emphasis on racial tensions because of its setting in a particularly lively Paris district and the...

Simple and effective

By preago24
Good picture about living people. One year passes. Some of the pupils have a future and some haven't. There are different destinies ahead. But the teacher will remain there. François Bégaudeau is...

A great movie.

By armanmg
Type of movie hollywood is incapable of making. Subtitles does not distract you from sinking in this so real and poignant movie....

Exhausting purposeful film...

By woodi68
I've read some reviews that say this film lacks focus, but I have to say that I was extremely impressed with the film. And I'm comfortable saying that those who thought it lacked focus likely just...

The Class

By moneyone
The movie shows a different perspective of teacher interaction with students than one would see in the US, even in troubled schools. How the kids think of themselves and their identities sheds light...

Boring and pointless

By myfigurefemale
The movie started off interesting and could have done a lot with the great cast. However, NOTHING happens in the movie. We are treated to various incidents where students and teachers fight while...

The Class

The Class might have worked well if it was a one hour television movie; however, at over 2 hours, it was just too long and two slow. The characters were interesting but there was just not enough...

Interesting/thoughtful film.

By dela83
Definitely worth checking out. Not very entertaining but definitely a thoughtful film and the studnets really control the film which I enjoyed and appreciated....

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Rated PG-13 | For Language