Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    An enchantingly beautiful and moving film.
  2. A runaway hit in France last year and the country's official Oscar entry, is a well-nigh irresistible film celebrating the redemptive power of music.
  3. Like all good popular entertainments, the best of it sings.
  4. Extremely goodhearted, if not exactly original or exciting.
  5. 75
    Heartfelt, but not to the degree that it becomes cloying.
  6. This is a formula film with panache.
  7. A movie you've seen many times before, but the setting is different, its characters are well drawn and it delivers its uplifting message with succinctness, sincerity and skill.
  8. An appealing lead performance from its leading man and a wonderfully sentimental, if overly familiar, story line are the chief virtues of this French drama, a huge success in its native country.
  9. Larded over with le fromage, which is to say, French cheese. But as these dairy products go, Christophe Barratier's movie is delectable sentiment. Audiences will crumble into itty-bitty pieces of Roquefort watching this.
  10. 70
    The excellent cast in Christophe Barratier's loose remake of a 1945 Jean Dreville film ensures that the predictable, nostalgic ride remains enjoyable throughout.
  11. 63
    Does it by the numbers, so efficiently this feels more like a Hollywood wannabe than a French film. Where's the quirkiness, the nuance, the deeper levels?
  12. 63
    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.
  13. A crowd pleaser, even if it is unremarkable.
  14. Like "Mr. Holland's Opus," only in French, with an all-boy cast in white shirts and short pants, The Chorus is the kind of sugary, crowd-pleasing fare that only the most curmudgeonly moviegoer can frown upon.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    63
    It's basically just another watered-down version of Dead Poets Society and countless other inspirational-teacher films, but its emotional impact is undeniable.
  16. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Barratier has assembled an unforgettable gallery of faces both young and old, and prolific character actor Berleand plays the perfect villain.
  17. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    60
    There’s little interest in probing characterisation, but the plot progress is steady and the performances likeable.
  18. Most of the film, a debut feature directed by Christophe Barratier, is quite shamelessly formulaic. The Chorus redeems itself, though, with Mr. Jugnot's astute, understated performance.
  19. 58
    In the end, it's a perfectly decent, perfectly vaporous film, pretty but slight, predictable but never incompetent.
  20. 50
    A shameless heart-tugger from France, The Chorus leaves no cliché unturned.
  21. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    50
    The film is finally a letdown.
  22. 50
    The crime of The Chorus isn't that it's corny. (I like corny.) It's that its corniness seems programmed.
  23. Unabashedly sentimental and just as unabashedly cliched.
  24. This kindly and spirited film doesn't exactly break the mold of the heartwarming, humanistic boarding-school dramedy.
  25. 50
    The Chorus is sham art and questionable entertainment, but at the very least it sends you whistling out of the theater.
  26. 50
    The Chorus plucks desperately at the heartstrings, but fails to breathe new life into a tired old tune.
  27. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    50
    Did nobody involved in this project notice that it was retreading a very deep groove?
  28. A deeply conventional story about truculent or orphaned boys and the gentle soul who finds himself by shaping the tots into a chorus.
  29. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    50
    No stereotype is left unheralded and no heartstring left untugged in this freely adapted remake of Jean Dreville's mostly forgotten "La cage aux rossignols"
  30. Reviewed by: Nelson Pressley
    50
    Might have gone down as an endearing fable, if only the route to its finale had been less cliched.
  31. The movie is rotten the way that only a denatured made-for-export slice of Gallic nostalgia can be.
  32. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    40
    The cinematic equivalent of filtered water, The Chorus is all smooth, nutrient-free clichés. This shamelessly globalized French Oscar submission even opens with a shot of an American flag--perhaps an unconscious declaration of defeat for importable Gallic cinema.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. EstebanF.
    Jun 30, 2006
    9
    The Chorus is an awesome movie with nice acting, a great storyline and an awesome soundtrack. Even if the plot is a bit cliché (a very good man makes the lives of delinquent boys better with art), it is still awesome and beautiful. The movie takes places in the '40s, a hard time for the world, and it's greatly recreated, everything, from the clothes to the buildings. The soundtrack is wonderful, and the best part is that you hear the songs all the time because it's an essential part of the plot. I don't understand the low ratings by the critics. I give it a 9/10 and I recommend this movie to everyone that has a heart, even a small one. Full Review »
  2. KathyC.
    Mar 14, 2006
    10
    Like Coach Carter, but for music. It's much better if you watch it in french with subtitles. AMAZING! I loved the music! :)
  3. Jul 30, 2014
    6
    "Les Choristes" is the proof of the fact that French cinema is much more than arthouse nonsense. A charming story accompanied by beautiful music and singing, that is easily comprehensive and delightful. Full Review »