Misguided teen thriller -- don't bother.
| Original Score: 1/5
Helen Mirren's acting stands out in this mean-spirited dark comedy like an original Picasso in a paint-by-numbers art show.
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.
...a disappointingly flat piece of work.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
The moral to the story, if any, is rather vague, as are Mrs. Tingle's motives.
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.
Teaching Mrs. Tingle deserves to flunk out.
Insipid and thick!
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Wholly predictable and implausible plotting, thin characterizations, and stilted dialogue!
A dull assignment.
Teaching Mrs. Tingle is a spectacularly mediocre movie!
This flaccid exercise suggests Williamson should spend less time on storyboards and more time at his laptop.
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.
If the movie is never necessarily boring, it also is rarely interesting.
A dazzling appearance by Ms. Mirren!
| Original Score: 8/10