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Based on 13 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Nathan Lane steals the show in this tale of a high school English teacher who becomes obsessed with a student's play. show more

  • 20
    Jordan Hoffman

    Despite a lead performance by the always welcome Julianne Moore it is rudderless in its presentation and outright stupid in its central conceits. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Under Craig Zisk’s frisky direction, the entire cast is superb and wrinkle-free. The screenplay, by husband-wife team Dan and Stacy Chariton, is thin as a poker chip but as clever as it is contrived. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The picture is perfectly watchable but rarely compelling, because the filmmakers are too timid to take any chances. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    This is the second recent release—after The Great Gatsby, whose overwrought, on-screen text it even shares—that aims to channel great, time-honored storytelling without being able to tell a great story. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    The line between “cute” and “cutesy” is violated, repeatedly, in the sometimes funny, often cloying comedy The English Teacher. show more

  • 40
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The film’s cutesy vibe is closer to "Glee" than "Election" or "Waiting for Guffman," with Nathan Lane’s exuberant drama teacher pitching several yards of camp tent. show more

  • 40
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The acting, especially Ms. Moore’s, is solid. But her strong, sympathetic performance fails to transform The English Teacher into anything more than a sitcom devoid of laughs, except for a soupçon of literary humor. It is a movie at odds with itself. show more

  • 30
    Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times

    The English Teacher is a tragedy masquerading as a comedy and doing a disservice to both. show more

  • May 26, 2013 phonefunnnn
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    I can\'t believe how the trailer tells the whole, entire complete story!

  • May 23, 2013 lgjhere1
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    Excellent! One of the few good movies this year, highlighted with outstanding acting by Moore, Lane, and Kinnar. A simple story with lots of interesting twists. Why can\'t Hollywood stop with the computer-generated trash and go back to simple story telling flicks like this?

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