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The English Teacher (2013)

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38

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 10

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On behalf of Cinedigm and Tribeca Film, we are pleased to share the official theatrical trailer for their upcoming film, THE ENGLISH TEACHER. This uplifting comedy tells the story of Linda Sinclair-a forty-year-old unmarried English teacher whose greatest relationships are with her favorite authors and stories. When a disheartened former student moves back into town after failing to make it as a playwright in New York, Linda decides to step out of her comfort zone and mount his play with the

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Drama, Comedy

Dan Chariton, Stacy Chariton

Aug 27, 2013

$60.2k

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (19)

A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Apropos of its title, The English Teacher feels like a movie written as a homework assignment.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The report card for low-key high school comedy The English Teacher would read something like this: Weak effort; this student is too easily distracted, fails to follow through and turns in unfinished work.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Pleasant is the perfect word with which to describe The English Teacher, an ingratiating little comedy that aims to please and succeeds at its modest goal.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: The Wrap
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The movie doesn't do enough with its cast or its idea; it's an underachiever that simply doesn't try hard enough.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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A screwball comedy that could have been screwier, "The English Teacher" is as interesting for its cast as its content.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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In a perfect encapsulation of form and content, The English Teacher tells a story of an artist who reluctantly adds a happy ending to his play while the movie itself forces a happy ending into a story that is laced with underlying sadness.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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Sharp performances can't save this ill-conceived drama set in a contemporary high school that seems to exist on some faraway planet.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Funny and fulfilling, Craig Zisk has created a small, triumphant feature film debut.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

In short, The English Teacher is nothing fancy. It's a compromise made in the interest of good taste, and while that may not stand the test of time, it proves easy in the moment.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Nicely done package of high school hijinks with a few comedic surprises.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Julianne Moore excels in this amusing comedy about a flawed heroine who loses all sense of perspective but deserves a happy ending anyway.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Cutesy and cloying.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Moore shows physical-comedy chops that are both admirable and quite funny..a small but very funny treat with a cast to die for.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

A strained attempt to translate the comic punch of Alexander Payne's brilliant send-up of high-school politics, Election, into the realm of an even more tension-fraught extracurricular activity: drama club.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Audience Reviews for The English Teacher

While there is a laugh here and there, the entire film slowly becomes implausible and ridiculous by the second.
April 15, 2014
Raajay

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Refuse to live life by the book.

Good Movie! The English Teacher is a great film for many reasons, but one of them is it touches on a subject that is so often ignored and undermined in the world. That subject is exercising a passion for something that doesn't amount to anything. It is one of the greatest personal tragedies in life, and those who experience it are likely to lose confidence in themselves and in the world. No longer does your passion become a gift but a curse once you realize you may not or are not able to do anything with it. The story combines original comedy, a touching partly dramatic climax and a feel good plot that comes together perfectly. The comments on screen are an original touch. This is really a toned down, less classic version of Dead Poet's Society in the way that the teacher tries to help a student realize his potential against the wishes of his father and the school. I am in no way comparing this to Dead Poet's Society but it is worth watching and I did enjoy it. Overall, great acting and funny, very much worth watching.

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way. But Linda's simple life turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning art, pressured by his overbearing father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school. Linda can't stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams so she decides to mount his play - a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work - as a Kingston High School production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Nathan Lane) directing. As Linda, now well out of her normal comfort zone, takes further risks in life and love, the stage is set for highly comic downfall. With the play, her reputation, and her teaching career on the line, Linda finds an unlikely ally in herself. Amidst the ruins of her formerly perfect life, can she find a way to her own unique storybook ending?
December 30, 2013
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Narration throughout this American movie by a lady from England. Dad decides to date the adult woman who slept with his college age son. Same woman (the teacher) gets fired for having sex in her classroom, then is rehired right back (and accepted) as if nothing ever happened....What could possibly go wrong with this movie?...
December 28, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Drama, comedy?? Questionable on the comedy side, acting was much to be desired and not even Nathan Lane could bring in any laughs!
August 31, 2013
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