A Teacher Reviews

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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
September 4, 2013
If the title is vague, so is the script, which, at times seems to mistake ambiguity for complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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September 5, 2013
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.
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
September 11, 2013
Mood divorced from meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
The movie is lifeless for its first hour, and the last-minute outpourings are too little, too late.
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
September 3, 2013
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.
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
September 4, 2013
This nonjudgmental, opaque drama conjures up the emotional landscape of its troubled titular character but intentionally provides little insight into her thought process.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
September 12, 2013
Rather cold, the movie could have used some more humanity or, at the very least, dramatic excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 2, 2013
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 6, 2013
An evocative but ultimately hollow indie drama.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
September 14, 2013
Despite a deeply invested lead performance, A Teacher gives off strong vapors of phoniness; it's an exercise in lazy minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 26, 2013
Failed to excite me.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
September 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
September 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 22, 2013
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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com
September 10, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 13, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
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