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The English Teacher Reviews

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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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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
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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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 16, 2013
This is a brisk comedy, with some formulaic moments made better by a top-notch cast ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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
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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.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
May 14, 2013
Benefits from a brisk pace, witty banter and engaging performances, yet still fades from memory faster than a final exam on the first day of summer vacation.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
April 19, 2013
Rudderless in its presentation and outright stupid in its central conceits
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10