Goodbye, Mr. Chips
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips, based on James Hilton's novel, is a moving melodrama about a shy British teacher (Robert Donat) who devotes his life to teaching "his boys" after the death of his lovely, energetic American wife (Greer Garson). Donat won an Academy Award for his excellent, sentimental portrayal of the title character, and the film features Garson's debut performance.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Robert Donat at the peak of his skills... as moving today as it was upon its premiere."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A standard story delivered well with not many stylistic discretions, which gives it a timeless quality."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"Start with It's a Wonderful Life and take away Christmas and all the bad stuff that happens, and you've got this movie."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Robert Donat is deeply affecting as the title character."
‑ Andrew Howe, Film Written Magazine
"Inspirational, touching, classic work with Robert Donat's Oscar winning performance."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"The original inspirational-teacher story, and a beloved valentine to classical education, tradition, and the English public boarding schools of a bygone era."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Not as cloying as you might think; Donat is engaging, and Greer Garson is simply luminous."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) is the classic, sentimental tale of much-loved British schoolteacher guiding many generations of schoolboys through almost 60 years"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Robert Donat gives a strong performance as a legendary school teacher in this sentimental tribute, which introduced to American audiences British actress Greer Garson."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...should continue to provide pleasure for as long as people value characterization and heart above plot contrivances and technical effects."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A fine central performance from Robert Donat"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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