What makes the film work is that this potentially lurid material is treated at all times with sensitivity and probing psychological seriousness. show more
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
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
Attractive but slightly psycho female teacher in love with a student ruins her life. The end. Why did they bother making this movie?