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The English Teacher Reviews

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½ January 19, 2014
crap. but I'm pretty sure the director did a good job
½ January 19, 2014
this is the kinda you-didn't-miss-nothing-if-you-missed it flick, but at least it entertained.
didn't suck, not middle finger-inviting, and there's julianne moore.
½ January 10, 2014
A very light predictable comedy and drama movie. Pass
½ January 9, 2014
It was "okay." Nothing to see here, move along...
MANUGINO
Super Reviewer
December 30, 2013
Refuse to live life by the book.

Good Movie! The English Teacher is a great film for many reasons, but one of them is it touches on a subject that is so often ignored and undermined in the world. That subject is exercising a passion for something that doesn't amount to anything. It is one of the greatest personal tragedies in life, and those who experience it are likely to lose confidence in themselves and in the world. No longer does your passion become a gift but a curse once you realize you may not or are not able to do anything with it. The story combines original comedy, a touching partly dramatic climax and a feel good plot that comes together perfectly. The comments on screen are an original touch. This is really a toned down, less classic version of Dead Poet's Society in the way that the teacher tries to help a student realize his potential against the wishes of his father and the school. I am in no way comparing this to Dead Poet's Society but it is worth watching and I did enjoy it. Overall, great acting and funny, very much worth watching.

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way. But Linda's simple life turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning art, pressured by his overbearing father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school. Linda can't stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams so she decides to mount his play - a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work - as a Kingston High School production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Nathan Lane) directing. As Linda, now well out of her normal comfort zone, takes further risks in life and love, the stage is set for highly comic downfall. With the play, her reputation, and her teaching career on the line, Linda finds an unlikely ally in herself. Amidst the ruins of her formerly perfect life, can she find a way to her own unique storybook ending?
½ December 30, 2013
Wonderful performance from Juliane Moore and a very funny as always performance from Nathan Lane. It was a nice story but could have been funnier. Other than that it was a good movie
Super Reviewer
½ December 28, 2013
Narration throughout this American movie by a lady from England. Dad decides to date the adult woman who slept with his college age son. Same woman (the teacher) gets fired for having sex in her classroom, then is rehired right back (and accepted) as if nothing ever happened....What could possibly go wrong with this movie?...
December 27, 2013
It's hard to dislike Julianne Moore. The movie is fluff, but enjoyable.
December 23, 2013
Stupid. What's the point of it??
December 22, 2013
This film has funny moments, and interesting plot twists, but does not have a very satisfactory ending.
½ December 21, 2013
Julianne Moore and Nathan Moore were as watchable as ever.
December 20, 2013
A complete and total waste of Julianne Moore's time and talents, however, this story line was very interesting and I rather enjoyed some of it, and not just because the film also starred such Broadway legends like Nathan Lane and Norbert Leo Butz, whom I adore.
This film is about what happens when a lonely high school english teacher runs into a former student of hers, reads his play that he attempted to have produced on Broadway, and decides to have the play put on in the high school. The relationships that blossom, the drama that happens outside of rehearsal, and the reputations that are struck down and brought back up again, all happen as a result.
Very interesting story and worth the netflix.
The English Teacher, I give you a 60%.
December 15, 2013
English Teacher is ok comedy drama about a woman teacher that falls for student and helps with is novel turn into play. C+
½ December 14, 2013
Cute movie. I love Julianna Moore in anything though.
December 11, 2013
"Entertaining" is the best word to describe this quirky little comedy. Not much of a plot, but Julianne Moore and Nathan Lane keep it funny while Greg Kinnear plays one of his not-so-loving father roles. The acting makes up for what the movie lacks. Enjoy!
½ December 5, 2013
I don't think it knew what it actually wanted to be. It didn't work as both a drama and comedy, and the drama parts far outweighed the rest. Wasn't terrible but needed work.
December 2, 2013
Amiably quirky comedy-drama with good performances throughout only marred by predictability at times. Tends to bog down toward the middle. All-in-all a nice film but nothing truly special.
½ November 30, 2013
Boring and disappointing!
November 25, 2013
Great Movie!!! Light, poignant, funny. Most of the critics do not get it. Their loss.
November 25, 2013
A completely average film with completely average characters and storyline. Nothing great to see here, move along
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