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The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)



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Forty years old, stuck in Staten Island and married to a sweet but oblivious husband with kids that largely ignore her, Lisa Spinelli spends her days teaching Kindergarten with growing numbness. Her one reprieve is a nighttime poetry class across the bay in Lower Manhattan. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated--then obsessed, as she struggles to protect him from neglectful parents and a plagiarizing babysitter. She soon finds herself risking her career, family and freedom to nurture his artistic promise.


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While Gyllenhaal's work should be enough to satisfy anyone wondering why this movie needed to be made twice, Colangelo makes fine use of the story's new American context.

January 29, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[Maggie] Gyllenhaal offers a beautifully nuanced performance full of intelligence and desperation. She taps into something deep about the unmet emotional needs of a woman whose life is spent putting forth energy toward others.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

[Maggie] Gyllenhaal, appearing in every single scene of the film, gives a completely committed, three-dimensional performance.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Lisa's drive is more than biological; it's intellectual and emotional, and that's what keeps what often risks becoming camp madness in an identifiably human place - almost all the way to the end.

January 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Rippling with psychological complexity and sneaky humor, this is a rich character study that takes constantly surprising turns, which should appeal to audiences hungry for idiosyncratic adult drama.

January 20, 2018 | Full Review…

A movie whose glass is half empty - maybe it's just not possible to have a story about a 5-year-old's de facto stalker that isn't sure what it (or we) should think about the matter.

January 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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