• 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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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
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If the title is vague, so is the script, which, at times seems to mistake ambiguity for complexity.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 4, 2013
Tomas Hachard
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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
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

Mood divorced from meaning.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: C

September 11, 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
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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Fidell seems ill-prepared to steer the film into strictly psychological territory, resulting in a project that loses its fraught sense of control at the same moment as its embattled protagonist.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 3, 2013
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine

September 4, 2013
Robert Levin

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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The script offers neither verbal illuminations nor practical insights, neither psychology nor morality, and the plot is little more than the reportorial backstory to a tabloid headline.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 2, 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
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Failed to excite me.

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

December 26, 2013
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

We're only allowed an insufficient glimpse of the anxiousness and curiosity that drive these creatures, a tactic which feels suspiciously like hesitance masquerading as enigma.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 3, 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
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve

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 Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 5, 2013
Peter Debruge
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As first features go, A Teacher demonstrates a willingness to provoke, but doesn't seem to understand the minimum expectations most audiences place on films in terms of both incident and characterization.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The movie plays out in a depressingly obvious way, and you have to laugh at the finale's big cry, set to Lee Moses's "If Loving You Is a Crime (I'll Always Be Guilty)." Really?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 3, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2013
Marsha McCreadie

"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
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