Monsieur Lazhar
Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 28, 2012
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Monsieur Lahzar is a tender and thoughtful portrait of a man with hidden grief and also a compelling exploration of the teacher-student dynamic.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although it raises timeless questions about life and loss, and timely ones about mentorship and multiculturalism, "Monsieur Lazhar" would rather teach than preach.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

You could almost describe 'Monsieur Lazhar' as a morality tale, but it's more thought-provoking than debate-provoking.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Guaranteed to have you reaching for the Kleenex.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A gentle film can still be searing in its effect on an audience, something that "Monsieur Lazhar" proves emphatically.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A sad, reflective study of the possibilities, and the impossibilities, inherent in the teacher-student relationship.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Falardeau had the good fortune to work with a powerfully effective ensemble cast, and Martin Léon's minimalist ambient score helps set the mood for a satisfying story about the healing effect brief encounters can have on emotional scars.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

With a few folds, this story could have made a script for John Barrymore, like Topaze, or for Chaplin.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

"Monsieur Lazhar" is good. Really good.

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Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

While it may not stand out from similar movies, Monsieur Lazhar is a sweet film with a simple story and remains engaging thanks in large part to Mohamed Fellag's charming performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A refugee from Algeria goes to Montreal and takes over for a teacher who killed herself. A gentle film with an edge, Monsieur Lazhar features strong… More
Carlos Magalhães
Although the performances are not so strong, this is a delicate drama that could have been easily made into a maudlin melodrama in the wrong hands, but instead… More
Cynthia S.
Nice enough movie, just really slow. Definitely the kind that critics like....
'Monsieur Lazhar'. Gently, but respectfully deals with loss through great all-round performances and poignant writing.
Anthony Lawrie
A delicate drama that is both original and heartwarming. For me its the antidote to all the sickly sweet Teacher dramas like Dead Poet Society that I hate even… More
William Dunmyer
"Monsieur Lazhar," which earlier this year lost the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar to "A Separation", is overall mediocre. It's… More