American Teacher Reviews

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New York Times
January 7, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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-
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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.