American Teacher

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Interviews with policy advisers and an examination of the experiences of four teachers illustrate the the state of the U.S. educational system.

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Matt Damon
as Narrator

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Critic Reviews for American Teacher

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (5)

  • This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people's children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.

    September 30, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A heartfelt, bittersweet portrait of several teachers as they make the difficult decision of whether to stick with the profession.

    September 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • As we watch the individuals in "American Teacher" struggle with the burdens the system places on them, it's hard not to feel like crying, both for them specifically and for our national culture.

    September 29, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Featuring a tedious procession of statistics, graphs and talking heads, American Teacher undercuts the forcefulness of its arguments with its underwhelming presentation.

    September 29, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The film is relentlessly one-sided enough to become tiring, but it's impossible not to feel for the main characters, who all love what they do while continually being forced to question how feasible it is.

    September 29, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • What's made powerfully clear is that we've reached a dire point of crisis that, while largely rooted in economics, is about so much more than dollars and cents.

    September 27, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Teacher

  • Sep 23, 2012
    This documentary briefly focuses on the complexities of the public education system. Through a series of interviews, four distinctive educators (ranging across the country) discuss the 'ups and downs' in their careers while giving insight into their own personal lives in and outside the world of teaching. This film gives an interesting perspective upon the history and future of public education. Narrated by Matt Damon (whom also contributed narration to Inside Job and Running the Sahara). Given the context of this film, it's definitely worthy.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2011
    Just awesome. Powerful without being a total downer but very emotional. These people love what they do and you feel their frustration.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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