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A Teacher Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 28, 2016
Hannah Fidell drops us into her emotionally heavy drama A Teacher-devoid of the logistics in lieu of the insatiable connection they so obviously share.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
A starkly bitter antidote to the basic cable movies-of-the-week that have traditionally been made about teacher-student affairs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood
March 27, 2014
An intimate, tres European, two-character piece free of easy moralism that ranks among the best debuts in recent memory.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 12, 2014
Lindsay Burdge gives a fine performance in this film. The story starts out looking predictable, and it is. The only mystery is why the main character behaves the way she does, and that is not explained.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 26, 2013
Failed to excite me.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 9, 2013
As the teacher, Lindsay Burdge gives a stunning performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
September 14, 2013
Despite a deeply invested lead performance, A Teacher gives off strong vapors of phoniness; it's an exercise in lazy minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 13, 2013
Neither character is given any depth or history. And since we're never privy to how their relationship began, there's no sense of what, if anything, is at stake for them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert Levin
amNewYork
September 12, 2013
Rather cold, the movie could have used some more humanity or, at the very least, dramatic excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
The movie is lifeless for its first hour, and the last-minute outpourings are too little, too late.
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
September 11, 2013
Mood divorced from meaning.
| Original Score: C
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Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com
September 10, 2013
"A Teacher" will leave you feeling drained, even exhausted. That's about right for a movie about obsession, one with no resolution except waiting for the other thud to drop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 6, 2013
An evocative but ultimately hollow indie drama.
Top Critic
September 5, 2013
The diminishing returns in part are due to Burdge's performance, which too often settles for the same look of fraught anxiety. But they also result from Fidell's decision to pare her film down to the barest elements.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 5, 2013
Ms. Fidell ... has a fine eye but not the makings of a feature-length movie here and, it quickly becomes clear, isn't interested in this relationship or the moral, ethical and legal issues it raises.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2013
Fidell's mature style and Burdge's lack of guile are engaging. As the film's emotions grow darker, a lack of ideas comes through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
September 5, 2013
A Teacher feels a bit like watching some fool cross a busy freeway on foot over and over again for an hour and change. There's little to do but await the inevitable splat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2013
Glimpses of the relationship's dynamics can't overcome the missing sense of how these two first connected, an increasingly problematic void at the movie's core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
September 5, 2013
Fidell's use of choppy, Wong Kar Wai-style slow motion seems incongruous at first, but eventually becomes an effective expression of Burdge's mental state-time sputtering like a bad motor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
September 4, 2013
This nonjudgmental, opaque drama conjures up the emotional landscape of its troubled titular character but intentionally provides little insight into her thought process.
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