Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In this frightening and beautiful film, a schoolboy must learn hard lessons early."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"If he'd made his childhood movie earlier in his career -- when he didn't have the sense to be so dispassionate -- it might have packed a meatier punch. Now it's just a deftly aimed poke."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"One of Louis Malle's most personal and significant films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Avoids sentimentality, clichés and bombast, as it instead touches the heart in a moving and unforgettable way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A delicately rendered and exceptionally moving reminiscence of a boyhood friendship cut short by war."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film's quiet integrity finally depends on his avoidance of heroic cliché and stylistic bombast, and on the unindulgent generosity extended towards his characters."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A schoolboy cannot be expected to understand how swiftly violence and evil can strike out and change everything."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Louis Malle, possibly at his best here. The drama is subtle but affecting."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"unquestionably Malle's most personal film and arguably his most powerful"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A powerful portrait of wartime France seen through the eyes of a child... The best film of director Louis Malle's distinguished career"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a work that has the kind of simplicity, ease and density of detail that only a film maker in total command of his craft can bring off, and then only rarely."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"In this season of boyhood remembrances, Malle's is the most devastating -- an inspired elegy to little boys lost."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Malle's approach is perfectly suited to the subject -- not in the least because his deliberate pacing conveys a child's sense of time."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"As ever, Malle's sensitivity is supreme and his delicate style evocative. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"This intense, unsentimental and intricately detailed film goes to the top of the class."
‑ , Film4
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