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A Teacher (2013)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 509




Movie Info

Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A TEACHER explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as the beautiful and confident Diana gets fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Lindsay Burdge delivers a deeply … More

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Critic Reviews for A Teacher

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (21)

The movie is lifeless for its first hour, and the last-minute outpourings are too little, too late.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An evocative but ultimately hollow indie drama.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

The diminishing returns in part are due to Burdge's performance, which too often settles for the same look of fraught anxiety. But they also result from Fidell's decision to pare her film down to the barest elements.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Top Critic

Ms. Fidell ... has a fine eye but not the makings of a feature-length movie here and, it quickly becomes clear, isn't interested in this relationship or the moral, ethical and legal issues it raises.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Fidell's mature style and Burdge's lack of guile are engaging. As the film's emotions grow darker, a lack of ideas comes through.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Glimpses of the relationship's dynamics can't overcome the missing sense of how these two first connected, an increasingly problematic void at the movie's core.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A starkly bitter antidote to the basic cable movies-of-the-week that have traditionally been made about teacher-student affairs.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

An intimate, tres European, two-character piece free of easy moralism that ranks among the best debuts in recent memory.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Thompson on Hollywood

Lindsay Burdge gives a fine performance in this film. The story starts out looking predictable, and it is. The only mystery is why the main character behaves the way she does, and that is not explained.

Full Review… | January 12, 2014
Laramie Movie Scope

Failed to excite me.

Full Review… | December 26, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As the teacher, Lindsay Burdge gives a stunning performance.

Full Review… | December 9, 2013
Eye for Film

Despite a deeply invested lead performance, A Teacher gives off strong vapors of phoniness; it's an exercise in lazy minimalism.

Full Review… | September 14, 2013
Shared Darkness

Neither character is given any depth or history. And since we're never privy to how their relationship began, there's no sense of what, if anything, is at stake for them.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013

Rather cold, the movie could have used some more humanity or, at the very least, dramatic excitement.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013

Mood divorced from meaning.

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Willamette Week

"A Teacher" will leave you feeling drained, even exhausted. That's about right for a movie about obsession, one with no resolution except waiting for the other thud to drop.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013

The intensity of Burdge's excellent performance-and Fidell's intense, often claustrophobic filmmaking-carries the picture far, but when she turns away from the camera (and she does often), you can almost feel Fidell reaching for spare ideas.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
The Playlist

A Teacher feels a bit like watching some fool cross a busy freeway on foot over and over again for an hour and change. There's little to do but await the inevitable splat.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
The Dissolve

This nonjudgmental, opaque drama conjures up the emotional landscape of its troubled titular character but intentionally provides little insight into her thought process.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Teacher

Pretty bad not gonna lie. I didn't even watch the whole thing, I just fast forwarded through the boring parts which was like the entire movie. The majority of the movie is just poor choices of music that play over scenes where no real action is taking place. Like bad and loud music will play while the teacher is looking at the sunset for a long time at least 5 minutes-- just staring. That's not a good movie.

There's also no plot to this movie. There's a teacher and a student that are hooking up. But we don't know how the relationship started which probably would've been the most interesting part of the story, but no we never find that out. We just know they are together. They hook up occasionally and that's really all that happens until the very end when the teacher loves the student so much she goes to his house and his father finds out about their relationship. Then the student sells her out and she gets fired from her job. Actually we don't even know what happens because the movie ends with her getting a phone call from the principal saying "hey you're gonna need to come in to the office we have a student here and his father". So we never know what happens. We just know she gets really sad and goes back to bed.

The acting was horrible, so horrible at least the high school boy had okay acting skills. Although he looked more like a college student than a high school senior. He was way too ripped and built to be a high schooler. And the movie itself was just so poorly done I can't even begin to describe it. Half the scenes were done in the dark so you can't even see what is happening. Other times the camera stays on one angle the entire scene and its so BORING. The script sucks ass so what they say is not at all the least bit interesting. It's just a horrible movie overall. You can tell the director tried to be artsy and have a "underlying message" and capture the "intensity" of the forbidden relationship between the student and teacher, but he fails miserably on all accounts. There's no artistic value in this or underlying message, and with the shitty acting there's not much chemistry between the actors either. The director uses weird ass music and holds on shots wayyyy longer than he needs to, but none of it works because the director had no fucking clue what the hell he was doing. Whatever "emotion" he was trying to capture didn't work because there's no emotion. It's just a bad movie.

In the end the only real message from this movie is common sense: Teachers who sleep with students will get fired. There's no need to watch this movie because you probably already knew that.

Japes .

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