A Teacher Reviews

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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 6, 2013
An evocative but ultimately hollow indie drama.
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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.
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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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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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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
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September 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
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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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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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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.
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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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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
August 26, 2013
A short, sharp burst of concentrated character-based storytelling that builds considerable emotional intensity.
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William Goss
Film.com
July 30, 2013
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.
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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.