A Teacher Synopsis
A teacher heads down a reckless path of self-destruction.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
What makes the film work is that this potentially lurid material is treated at all times with sensitivity and probing psychological...
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75

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
The intensity of Burdge’s excellent performance—and Fidell's intense, often claustrophobic filmmaking—carries the picture far, but when she...
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65

NPR

The diminishing returns in part are due to Burdge's performance, which too often settles for the same look of fraught anxiety. But they...
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63

New York Observer

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A Teacher is more in the vein of Michael Haneke’s brooding 2001 film, "The Piano Teacher."
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60

Film.com

By 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...
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50

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
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...
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50

Slant Magazine

By Chris Cabin
We're only allowed an insufficient glimpse of the anxiousness and curiosity that drive these creatures, a tactic which feels suspiciously...
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40

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Less a master class in inappropriate high-school relationships than the CliffsNotes version, A Teacher isn’t going to tell you anything...
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40

Village Voice

By Andrew Schenker
When Diana's fixations begin to take over, Fidell seems ill-prepared to steer the film into strictly psychological territory, resulting in...
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40

Variety

By Peter Debruge
As first features go, A Teacher demonstrates a willingness to provoke, but doesn’t seem to understand the minimum expectations most...
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