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Based on 15 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Writer-director Hannah Fidell’s somber drama of an illicit romance earns credit for being a serious discussion of a tabloid-rich topic, but the movie runs out of places to go. show more

  • 80
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    What makes the film work is that this potentially lurid material is treated at all times with sensitivity and probing psychological seriousness. show more

  • 60
    William Goss

    Burdge is left to do much of the heavy lifting in terms of inviting the audience into her protagonist’s shaky state, and her performance boasts a remarkable emotional precision throughout — if ever there’s a reason to seek this one out, it would be for her. show more

  • 65

    The diminishing returns in part are due to Burdge's performance, which too often settles for the same look of fraught anxiety. But they also result from Fidell's decision to pare her film down to the barest elements. show more

  • 63
    New York Observer

    A Teacher is more in the vein of Michael Haneke’s brooding 2001 film, "The Piano Teacher." show more

  • 50
    Chris Cabin Slant Magazine

    We're only allowed an insufficient glimpse of the anxiousness and curiosity that drive these creatures, a tactic which feels suspiciously like hesitance masquerading as enigma. show more

  • 50
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    A Teacher feels a bit like watching some fool cross a busy freeway on foot over and over again for an hour and change. There’s little to do but await the inevitable splat. show more

  • 40
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Less a master class in inappropriate high-school relationships than the CliffsNotes version, A Teacher isn’t going to tell you anything Nabokov or "Election" didn’t. show more

  • 75
    Gabe Toro The Playlist

    The intensity of Burdge’s excellent performance—and Fidell's intense, often claustrophobic filmmaking—carries the picture far, but when she turns away from the camera (and she does often), you can almost feel Fidell reaching for spare ideas. show more

  • 40
    Andrew Schenker Village Voice

    When Diana's fixations begin to take over, Fidell seems ill-prepared to steer the film into strictly psychological territory, resulting in a project that loses its fraught sense of control at the same moment as its embattled protagonist. show more

  • September 08, 2013 jpewther
    Report This User

    Attractive but slightly psycho female teacher in love with a student ruins her life. The end. Why did they bother making this movie?

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