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: May 24, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
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Critic Score: 95% 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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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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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

What most critics probably aren't telling you about in their expectedly lavish praises of the film is its stereotypical and downright patronizing portrayal of race and ethnicity.

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Leo Goldsmith

Cantet's film lulls the spectator into the rhythms of the everyday reality of school, belying a very carefully coordinated narrative structure that only becomes apparent in its final act.

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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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
As an authentic depiction of Western contemporary teaching in a multicultural school in Paris, this honest film wisely uses a documentary style and young… 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
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
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