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Teaching Mrs. Tingle

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 56

As a dark comedy-thriller, this movie lacks humor and thrill.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 21

As a dark comedy-thriller, this movie lacks humor and thrill.



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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 44,866

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Movie Info

After the success of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and television's Dawson's Creek, screenwriter Kevin Williamson made his directorial debut with this screwball thriller in which an honor roll student and two friends kidnap their witchy teacher. Although her single mom (Lesley Ann Warren), a waitress, struggles to make ends meet, aspiring writer Leigh Ann Watson (Katie Holmes) works hard, avoids sexual temptation, and focuses on her studies. She hopes to make valedictorian and earn a


Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Kevin Williamson

Dec 21, 1999

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January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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As a routinely cruel, often vicious, miserably unhappy teacher, Mirren offers a complex, brilliantly disciplined performance!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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There is nothing funny about the situation in Teaching Mrs. Tingle.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie needs a few more ideas and a lot more thrills to excite viewers, whether young or old.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Teaching Mrs. Tingle is funny, smart and full of unpredictable twists and turns.

January 1, 2000
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A screenful of nothingness!

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Misguided teen thriller -- don't bother.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Helen Mirren's acting stands out in this mean-spirited dark comedy like an original Picasso in a paint-by-numbers art show.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Here you have a movie in which three teenagers go to a teacher's house and take her hostage. Either you go all the way with that premise, or you don't go there at all.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

...a disappointingly flat piece of work.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Predictable, mediocre.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

The film's plot runs as smoothly as a Yugo with sand in the transmission and aside from a few well-acted moments, the film falls apart quicker than a paper mache space shuttle.

January 1, 2000 Full Review
Citadel Broadcasting

The moral to the story, if any, is rather vague, as are Mrs. Tingle's motives.

January 1, 2000 Full Review
Norman Transcript

Williamson breaks a cardinal rule of good writing: Audiences will play by any rules you choose to establish, but you can't change them in the bottom of the ninth inning.

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

Teaching Mrs. Tingle deserves to flunk out.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

This flaccid exercise suggests Williamson should spend less time on storyboards and more time at his laptop.

January 1, 2000

Mirren singlehandedly rescues the project from being pointless nonsense; this brilliant actress can communicate more with a twitch of a lip or a well-timed flick of her eyelashes than anyone else in the cast can with pages of dialogue.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

If the movie is never necessarily boring, it also is rarely interesting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

A dazzling appearance by Ms. Mirren!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Audience Reviews for Teaching Mrs. Tingle

Yes, this may have had a bunch of 90s teen stars, but that doesn't mean it wasn't also a good teen movie. The characters are relate-able, although the situation isn't. This movie has a good balance between thrills and laughs, I liked it.
October 26, 2012

Super Reviewer

Mrs. Tingle (Helen Mirren) is a teacher who is hated by almost everyone, including students and even most of the other faculty members. Mrs. Tingle seems to have a dislike for everyone, even if they're super smart, such as Leigh Ann (Katie Holmes). Leigh Ann must be the valedictorian in order to get a scholarship and have a chance to attend college. It seems like the only obstacle in her way is Mrs. Tingle's judgement.
"Teaching Mrs. Tingle" wasn't a bad movie at all. Helen Mirren does a spectacular job playing as the dreaded Mrs. Tingle, and the movie is very interesting, especially after you find out what Leigh Ann's and two of her friends' plans are to do with Mrs. Tingle.

Just as long as you like interesting movies that don't get boring, give "Teaching Mrs. Tingle" a chance! It just might teach you a lesson. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. Never expected to like this one much, a surprise.
September 11, 2009

Super Reviewer

this was an alright movie, helen mirren is playing the teacher who is basically a bitch and is trying to ruin thiis student whose working hard for scholarship played by katie holmes and even though it has some comiic value they are short and fair between so its an watchable movie!
April 14, 2009
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Teaching Mrs. Tingle is never really funny enough, thrilling enough or even consistent to be considered a great success. It is however a damn entertaining ride. Like a less serious version of Swimming with Sharks. It's the little guy getting their own back on a corrupt system. Mirren is absolutely fantastic as a supposed victim who is incredibly deceptive and manipulative. She's scene stealing and a great villain. The film fails due to the sudden escalation of events and I'm not talking about the hostage scenario. It turns from Holmes wishing to explain she wasn't going to cheat to her actually cheating and changing her grades. This would be okay if there was some punishment or at least a deeper exploration into the consequences. The ending is far too light as well, a more tragic ending would have worked out so much better for the film as a whole. Still a fun watch, especially for those oppressed students.
September 16, 2008

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