The Chorus


Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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. Extremely goodhearted, if not exactly original or exciting.
  4. 75
    Heartfelt, but not to the degree that it becomes cloying.
  5. Like all good popular entertainments, the best of it sings.
  6. 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.
  7. This is a formula film with panache.
  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. A crowd pleaser, even if it is unremarkable.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    It's basically just another watered-down version of Dead Poets Society and countless other inspirational-teacher films, but its emotional impact is undeniable.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    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.
  17. 60
    Barratier has assembled an unforgettable gallery of faces both young and old, and prolific character actor Berleand plays the perfect villain.
  18. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    There’s little interest in probing characterisation, but the plot progress is steady and the performances likeable.
  19. 58
    In the end, it's a perfectly decent, perfectly vaporous film, pretty but slight, predictable but never incompetent.
  20. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    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"
  21. 50
    The Chorus plucks desperately at the heartstrings, but fails to breathe new life into a tired old tune.
  22. 50
    The Chorus is sham art and questionable entertainment, but at the very least it sends you whistling out of the theater.
  23. A deeply conventional story about truculent or orphaned boys and the gentle soul who finds himself by shaping the tots into a chorus.
  24. 50
    A shameless heart-tugger from France, The Chorus leaves no cliché unturned.
  25. 50
    The crime of The Chorus isn't that it's corny. (I like corny.) It's that its corniness seems programmed.
  26. Might have gone down as an endearing fable, if only the route to its finale had been less cliched.
  27. Did nobody involved in this project notice that it was retreading a very deep groove?
  28. Unabashedly sentimental and just as unabashedly cliched.
  29. This kindly and spirited film doesn't exactly break the mold of the heartwarming, humanistic boarding-school dramedy.
  30. The movie is rotten the way that only a denatured made-for-export slice of Gallic nostalgia can be.
  31. 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

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. EstebanF.
    Jun 30, 2006
    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 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
    Like Coach Carter, but for music. It's much better if you watch it in french with subtitles. AMAZING! I loved the music! :)
  3. Oct 15, 2013
    Christophe Barratier brings us a great masterpiece from French cinema. When I watched this film I was 14 years old and "Les choristes" was myChristophe Barratier brings us a great masterpiece from French cinema. When I watched this film I was 14 years old and "Les choristes" was my first independent film. Later, I became a good cinephile. "Les choristes", like "La vita bella", is a kind movie that it give spectator a dose of joy and optimism. The score is a song to sensitive, a great score by Bruno Coulais. I don't understand why this film has such a low note by experts. Full Review »