• Unrated, 1 hr. 17 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Hannah Fidell
    In Theaters:
    Sep 6, 2013 Limited
  • Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • A Teacher
    2 minutes 51 seconds
    Added: Jul 31, 2013

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A Teacher Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

April 8, 2014
Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood

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

Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood

March 27, 2014
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

January 12, 2014
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

As the teacher, Lindsay Burdge gives a stunning performance.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 9, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 5, 2013
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

A strong dramatic vision and the intelligence to carry it out with minimal resources..the kind of movie we need more of: thought-provoking, unshowy but deeply affecting.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

September 3, 2013
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

Fidell still surprises with the direction of her film, and as honest as it is, as true as it feels, A Teacher still packs a punch.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B+

August 26, 2013
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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A short, sharp burst of concentrated character-based storytelling that builds considerable emotional intensity.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

August 26, 2013
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com

The premise is attractive, but the execution is unfinished. Lindsay Burdge as the teacher who falls for her student makes this undiscovered indie worthwhile. But while we have reason to believe she's smart, we never understand why she's so stupid.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 3.5/5.0

August 25, 2013
William Goss
Film.com
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Burdge's performance boasts a remarkable emotional precision throughout - if ever there's a reason to seek this one out, it would be for her.

Full Review Source: Film.com

July 30, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Failed to excite me.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

December 26, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C-

September 14, 2013
Marc Mohan
Oregonian

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

September 13, 2013
Robert Levin
amNewYork

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

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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The movie is lifeless for its first hour, and the last-minute outpourings are too little, too late.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 12, 2013
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

Mood divorced from meaning.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: C

September 11, 2013
Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com

"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 Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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An evocative but ultimately hollow indie drama.

Full Review Source: New York Post

September 6, 2013
Gabe Toro
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B

September 5, 2013
Tomas Hachard
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 5, 2013
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