• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Craig Zisk
    In Theaters:
    May 17, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 27, 2013
  • Cinedigm


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The English Teacher Reviews

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Richard Haridy

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 3, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

Sharp performances can't save this ill-conceived drama set in a contemporary high school that seems to exist on some faraway planet.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

June 12, 2013
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.2/10

May 31, 2013
Katherine Monk

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.

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2013
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 31, 2013
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

May 30, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Apropos of its title, The English Teacher feels like a movie written as a homework assignment.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

May 30, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 30, 2013
Leah Rozen
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

May 29, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 24, 2013
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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A screwball comedy that could have been screwier, "The English Teacher" is as interesting for its cast as its content.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 24, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Perversely determined to make you laugh. You're more likely to squirm, though ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 23, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Like so many small films carrying the Tribeca Films label, this seriocomic farce has its moments, but fails to live up to the promise of a starry cast headed by Julianne Moore.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 23, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The script eases into a toothless comedy about an alum's unproduced play, an awful-sounding suicide drama championed by Moore's character like the second coming of Odets.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

May 22, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Under Craig Zisk's frisky direction, the entire cast is superb and wrinkle-free. The screenplay, by husband-wife team Dan and Stacy Chariton, is thin as a poker chip but as clever as it is contrived.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

May 22, 2013
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

May 19, 2013
Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Cutesy and cloying.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 2/4

May 19, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Greg Kinnear does a nice supporting job as Jason's dad.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

May 17, 2013
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

May 17, 2013
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

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.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

May 17, 2013
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