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The English Teacher Reviews

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R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
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
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
May 19, 2013
Cutesy and cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jordan Hoffman
April 19, 2013
Rudderless in its presentation and outright stupid in its central conceits
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
The English Teacher reveals that a respectable cast and much noisy boisterousness isn't enough to generate a single laugh.
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
May 16, 2013
an exercise in overwrought post-modern indie hipster humor cliché
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
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
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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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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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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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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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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
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
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
Todd Jorgenson
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.
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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
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 16, 2013
This theatre-centric frolic has a clever, pleasing start, but sadly degenerates into bland formula stuff.
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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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
Richard Haridy
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
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
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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