American Teacher Reviews

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2011
In the sense that it perpetuates a compartmentalized view of education, American Teacher does more harm than good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
September 30, 2011
An inoffensive but hardly essential piece of occupational boosterism.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 8, 2011
A staid documentary about teaching below the college level marred by incessant, unnecessary music in the soundtrack and by conventional direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2011
There is a passionate, combative and riveting documentary to be made about the plight of the American schoolteacher, but unfortunately the well-meaning, unfailingly decent and overly slack American Teacher isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 29, 2011
Featuring a tedious procession of statistics, graphs and talking heads, American Teacher undercuts the forcefulness of its arguments with its underwhelming presentation.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
October 9, 2011
[S]upplements lots of stats with teachers' true tales. . . [E]ffective portraits poignantly personalize the multitude of charts and testimony from many education experts.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 29, 2011
The film is relentlessly one-sided enough to become tiring, but it's impossible not to feel for the main characters, who all love what they do while continually being forced to question how feasible it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
March 9, 2012
Vanessa Roth's documentary American Teacher positions itself as a rebuttal to those who make political points maligning American teachers.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 30, 2011
This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people's children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 3, 2011
Convincing docu highlights underappreciated teachers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 29, 2011
A provocative documentary that sheds light on the reasons why teachers deserve higher salaries so they can flourish in the classroom doing what they love to do best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 29, 2011
A heartfelt, bittersweet portrait of several teachers as they make the difficult decision of whether to stick with the profession.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
September 27, 2011
What's made powerfully clear is that we've reached a dire point of crisis that, while largely rooted in economics, is about so much more than dollars and cents.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2011
As we watch the individuals in "American Teacher" struggle with the burdens the system places on them, it's hard not to feel like crying, both for them specifically and for our national culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 30, 2011
Terrific, uplifting and heartbreaking study of what it's like to teach in America today should inspire intense admiration and even more intense anger over what is revealed.
Top Critic

New York Times
January 7, 2012
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