A Teacher Reviews

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August 23, 2019
A Teacher is inconvenienced by an aggravating lack of character development.
December 26, 2013
Failed to excite me.
September 14, 2013
Despite a deeply invested lead performance, A Teacher gives off strong vapors of phoniness; it's an exercise in lazy minimalism.
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.
September 12, 2013
Rather cold, the movie could have used some more humanity or, at the very least, dramatic excitement.
September 12, 2013
The movie is lifeless for its first hour, and the last-minute outpourings are too little, too late.
September 11, 2013
Mood divorced from meaning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 4, 2013
If the title is vague, so is the script, which, at times seems to mistake ambiguity for complexity.
September 3, 2013
The movie plays out in a depressingly obvious way, and you have to laugh at the finale's big cry, set to Lee Moses's "If Loving You Is a Crime (I'll Always Be Guilty)." Really?
September 3, 2013
Fidell seems ill-prepared to steer the film into strictly psychological territory, resulting in a project that loses its fraught sense of control at the same moment as its embattled protagonist.
September 3, 2013
We're only allowed an insufficient glimpse of the anxiousness and curiosity that drive these creatures, a tactic which feels suspiciously like hesitance masquerading as enigma.
September 2, 2013
The script offers neither verbal illuminations nor practical insights, neither psychology nor morality, and the plot is little more than the reportorial backstory to a tabloid headline.
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