The Chorus (Les Choristes)
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French producer and musician Christophe Barratier makes his directorial debut with the drama Les Choristes, inspired by the 1947 film La Cage aux Rossignols. Wildly successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin) returns home when his mother dies. He recollects his childhood inspirations through the pages of a diary kept by his old music teacher Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot). Back in the late '40s, little Pierre (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) is the badly behaved son of single mother Violette (Marie Bunel). He attends a dreary boarding school presided over by strict headmaster… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It never aims higher than a sweet sort of middling. And it succeeds."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Rises above feelgood status by virtue of its credible acting and outstanding score."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Boarding school antics and the power of music."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"The Chorus resonates through the brie."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Dudo que Los Coristas deje alguna huella en el espectador por demasiado tiempo, pero sin duda saldremos del cine con una sonrisa en los labios (...)"
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"There's very little in The Chorus you haven't seen before, but the movie's depth of sentiment -- especially its profound humanism -- makes it worth experiencing again."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"We smile and maybe even weep on cue, but we're still kept at a distance looking in, peering through a pretty window."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"So infused with nostalgia, optimism and authenticity, it will prove irresistible to the older art-house demographic."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"even the most formulaic films can be rescued when formulas are applied by real talents"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"The way that it embraces convention rather than invention makes Mr. Holland's Opus look like Pulp Fiction."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Ultimately effective on its own unambitious terms, but it's not the freshest thing to come down the pike."
‑ Nelson Pressley, Washington Post
"It says nothing new about its well-worn theme of teacher as deliverer."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Les Choristes isn't quite as forced and syrupy as Mr. Holland's Opus or Music of the Heart, but it's not a classic like To Sir with Love or Goodbye, Mr. Chips either."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"Un peu de rose bonbon, ça se prend bien de temps en temps, même dans le monde du cinéma."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"The story has a lot of unexpected twists and turns."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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