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The English Teacher Reviews

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May 12, 2013
The second recent release that aims to channel great, time-honored storytelling without being able to tell a great story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 19, 2013
Cutesy and cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 19, 2013
Rudderless in its presentation and outright stupid in its central conceits
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
May 16, 2013
"The English Teacher" is a tragedy masquerading as a comedy and doing a disservice to both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 14, 2013
The English Teacher reveals that a respectable cast and much noisy boisterousness isn't enough to generate a single laugh.
May 16, 2013
an exercise in overwrought post-modern indie hipster humor cliché
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2013
Someone, somewhere lost their nerve, pruning The English Teacher down to nondescript indie quirk with the occasional blip of enticing insanity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
May 23, 2013
Perversely determined to make you laugh. You're more likely to squirm, though ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
May 31, 2013
A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 16, 2013
Even the sitcom stylings might not matter if the movie were funny, but in spite of the potential for Guffman-esque comedy, The English Teacher boasts few surprises ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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
May 16, 2013
This theatre-centric frolic has a clever, pleasing start, but sadly degenerates into bland formula stuff.
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.
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
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
May 16, 2013
Notwithstanding some very bizarre stylistic choices and sometimes erratic character transformations, The English Teacher is a frothy indie dramedy with dedicated performances and plenty of pep.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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