To Be and to Have

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Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

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  • Summary: Inspired by the French phenomenon of 'single-class' schools, this film charts the life of a small one-class village school over the course of one academic year, and takes a warm and serene look at primary education in the French heartlands. (New Yorker Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 23, 2014
    100
    This movie is a portal, leading to a living museum of childhood at its most poignant.
  2. 100
    Hypnotically absorbing film.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    90
    Any negative stereotypes viewers might harbor about education in rural communities are sent packing by this magnificently lensed and cumulatively touching account from documaker Nicolas Philibert.
  4. Exhibiting the same sort of patience as his sensible hero, Philibert has created an extraordinarily humane portrait of a partnership between one adult and his very fortunate charges.
  5. The emotional honesty of this movie rescues it from sentimentality. To Be and to Have is about more than a dedicated teacher and his pupils; it’s about how difficult and exhilarating it is to grow into an adult.
  6. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    80
    A deeply satisfying aesthetic and pedagogic experience--though Americans may find themselves wondering how such terrific children can grow into such irritating adults.
  7. 60
    Simple but deeply touching documentary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. AnnP.
    Sep 22, 2005
    10
    I a long-time teacher, and I fell in love with the entire class - students and teacher.
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    [Simple but deeply touching, Magical sense of warmth, Graceful, Emotional absorbing]
    The sense of simpliness, incnocence and truthfulness
    [Simple but deeply touching, Magical sense of warmth, Graceful, Emotional absorbing]
    The sense of simpliness, incnocence and truthfulness astonishingly constructs one of the most unique and incredibly heart-warming films ever created. A Remarkable Accomplishment in the World of Film.
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  3. AnnP.
    Sep 22, 2005
    10
    I a long-time teacher, and I fell in love with the entire class - students and teacher.
  4. FrancineH.
    Jan 24, 2007
    10
    Warm and wonderful! It is the kind of movie that inspires and entertains. Georges Lopez is a gentle, kind, wise man with a heart for his Warm and wonderful! It is the kind of movie that inspires and entertains. Georges Lopez is a gentle, kind, wise man with a heart for his students' successes. Lovely man and lovely film. Expand
  5. SteveF.
    Mar 11, 2008
    10
    A feast for the eyes, mind, and heart. It is hard to imagine a better teacher, or a film better at catching the mystery of teaching.
  6. Oct 26, 2014
    9
    This movie is beautiful in so many ways - the main character's unaffected and honest way of communicating with the kids, the charming setting,This movie is beautiful in so many ways - the main character's unaffected and honest way of communicating with the kids, the charming setting, the melancholic feel of knowing that this is the final year of so so many for the teacher/ protagonist. If you need something to watch that will make you feel warm and fuzzy (and perhaps shed a tear) look no further - a beautifully executed film about a wonderful man that will fill you with hope, no matter how cynical you may feel. Expand
  7. May 4, 2016
    9
    To Be and to Have proves that even the child used in the film can bring perfect performances and that brings the ultimate plan of "To Be andTo Be and to Have proves that even the child used in the film can bring perfect performances and that brings the ultimate plan of "To Be and to Have" in exactly 104 minutes. Expand

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