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  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people's children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A very important subject gets too dry a treatment to keep one's attention focused. show more

  • 50
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    The movie is a curious blend of teacher-appreciation mandate and recruitment video, though it's not always clear at whom the narration's gravely spoken factoids are directed. show more

  • 50
    Ray Greene Boxoffice Magazine

    There is a passionate, combative and riveting documentary to be made about the plight of the American schoolteacher, but unfortunately the well-meaning, unfailingly decent and overly slack American Teacher isn't it. show more

  • 60
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    What's made powerfully clear is that we've reached a dire point of crisis that, while largely rooted in economics, is about so much more than dollars and cents. show more

  • 60
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    Its inspiring portraits of hardworking subjects make a fine case for raising the bar by rewarding excellence rather than punishing failure. show more

  • 50
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    American Teacher doesn't come close to doing what it sets out to do, but it does end up as a heartfelt, bittersweet portrait of several teachers. show more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club

    The film is relentlessly one-sided enough to become tiring, but it's impossible not to feel for the main characters, who all love what they do while continually being forced to question how feasible it is. show more

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