The Class
The Class (2008)

François is a tough but fair teacher working in one of France's toughest schools, and his honest demeanor in the classroom has made him a great success with the students. But this year things are different, because when the students… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 11, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Energetic and bright, this hybrid of documentary style and dramatic plotting looks at the present and future of France through the interactions of a teacher and his students in an inner city high school.

Jonathan F. Richards

But ultimately it's a fascinating, sometimes exhilarating movie that seems to make a genuine contact with the classroom, and shows us an educational system struggling, and managing, to survive.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The fact that it's based on a book written by a former teacher who also stars in the film gives it more than a bit of authenticity

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

As you watch this exhilarating back-and-forth, it dawns on you that an ethically complex, emotionally troubling plot has taken shape; and you realize, with astonishment, that Cantet waited an hour to let it emerge.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Most impressive, Cantet tracks the racial and ethnic resentments that simmer beneath the classroom discussions but become harder to quell when the parents get involved.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

These kids aren't always all right. But they are consistently riveting.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the sort of film that one admires more than one enjoys...

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The Class, an Oscar-nominated French film about a Paris middle school, should be required viewing for anybody considering a career in teaching.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A sparkling, clever work whose ensemble cast impresses, surprises, wrongfoots and disappoints you in exactly the same fashion a class might its teacher.

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Will Leitch

You will be sporadically moved by The Class, and maybe even inspired. You will also feel overpowering despair. But mostly: You will want to hug anyone who has ever, ever been a schoolteacher.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Francois Begaudeau's memoir/novel about teaching in inner city Paris provides the basis for <i>The Class</i>, which inventively combines the… More
Rubia Carolina
Most movies about school/teaching tend to glorify the image of the professor. In a boring or hard enviorment, comes a different teacher that encourages and… More
Carlos Magalhães
An authentic and honest portrait of Western contemporary teaching in a multicultural school in Paris, the deserving winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2008… More
Tim Sigur
A superior film that speaks volumes about not only the relationships between teachers and their students, but also a lot of social values that are universally… More
Dan Schultz
A absolute triumph. A near-masterpiece of a film that correctly avoids going down the "inspirational" route, instead opting for almost a documentary… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I'm Souleyman, I have nothing to say about me because no one knows me but me."</i> Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays… More