• 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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Peter Debruge
Variety
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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
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