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A Teacher (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 11

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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

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (21)

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

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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An evocative but ultimately hollow indie drama.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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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.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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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.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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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.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A starkly bitter antidote to the basic cable movies-of-the-week that have traditionally been made about teacher-student affairs.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

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

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood
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.

January 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Failed to excite me.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As the teacher, Lindsay Burdge gives a stunning performance.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

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

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
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.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

Mood divorced from meaning.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
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.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

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.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Fidell's use of choppy, Wong Kar Wai-style slow motion seems incongruous at first, but eventually becomes an effective expression of Burdge's mental state-time sputtering like a bad motor.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

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

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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