(2008)

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100
The movie is bursting with life, energy, fears, frustrations and the quick laughter of a classroom hungry for relief.
100
In a class by itself.
100
Wall Street Journal
The Class is clearly a microcosm of contemporary France, beset by social and economic tensions. More than that, though, it's a saga of education's struggles in many parts of the modern world. If only the film were pure fiction.
100
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 objectivity. Without sacrificing a sense of hope, Cantet suggests that the school system is just like a certain vexing grammatical tense: imperfect but still fighting against irrelevance.
100
This is one of the screen's most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language.
100
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.
90
The reality of François' classroom is so intense that it holds our interest even while the film's dramatic focus is building so quietly under the surface that we don't notice it at first.
88
Fierce, funny and moving, The Class graduates with honors. It's unmissable.
88
The Class is a deeply moving film about the challenges of educating children in a complex and often turbulent world.
88
French movies are not so neatly resolved. In fact, the point of many French movies, such as this provocative one from director Laurent Cantet, is that some problems don't have satisfying solutions - or resolutions.
88
Considering the strength of performances given by the 25-or-so teenage actors portraying the students, it's amazing that none of them have previous experience.
75
This is the most realistic film about teaching that you're ever likely to see.

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