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The English Teacher

6/10
Drama . Comedy
 

Teacher Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) balances her staid home life with an incredible passion for her subject, but her routine is forever altered when a former star pupil and his unsupportive father reenter her life. Go-to television director Craig Zisk, whose credits include Scrubs, Weeds and United States of Tara, takes a turn on the big screen with this insightful comedy about self-discovery co-starring Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, Michael Angarano and Lily Collins.

 
Actors: Nikki Blonsky , Nathan Lane , Charlie Saxton , Jessica Hecht , Norbert Leo Butz , Fiona Shaw , Lily Collins , Greg Kinnear , Michael Angarano , Julianne Moore
Directors: Craig Zisk
Country: USA
Release: 2013-08-01
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  • Rex Reed

    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.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The most pressing question I took away from the film is, Are they really still teaching "A Tale of Two Cities" in honors English classes?

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Adam Nayman

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

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

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

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

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

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Even the sitcom stylings might not matter if the movie were funny, but in spite of the potential for Guffman-esque comedy, The English Teacher boasts few surprises—except perhaps its message, which seems to be that selling out isn’t so bad. Chalk it up to a case of “write what you know.”

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

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

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    A respectable cast and much noisy boisterousness isn't enough to generate a single laugh.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • 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.

    Film.com Full Review
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