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The English Teacher Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
December 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
Sharp performances can't save this ill-conceived drama set in a contemporary high school that seems to exist on some faraway planet.
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
May 31, 2013
Funny and fulfilling, Craig Zisk has created a small, triumphant feature film debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
May 31, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
May 31, 2013
A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 30, 2013
Nicely done package of high school hijinks with a few comedic surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 30, 2013
Apropos of its title, The English Teacher feels like a movie written as a homework assignment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
May 29, 2013
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2013
A screwball comedy that could have been screwier, "The English Teacher" is as interesting for its cast as its content.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 23, 2013
Perversely determined to make you laugh. You're more likely to squirm, though ...
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 19, 2013
Julianne Moore excels in this amusing comedy about a flawed heroine who loses all sense of perspective but deserves a happy ending anyway.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
May 19, 2013
Cutesy and cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 17, 2013
Greg Kinnear does a nice supporting job as Jason's dad.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 17, 2013
Moore shows physical-comedy chops that are both admirable and quite funny..a small but very funny treat with a cast to die for.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
May 17, 2013
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.
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