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The English Teacher

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Overall 6
5.8
Content 5
5.0
Audio 8
8.0
Extras 4
4.0

The English Teacher

DVD Talk
14 October 2013
  • Conclusion: The English Teacher doesn't lack for attempts to make the audience chuckle and agonize over the events in Linda Sinclair's tumultuous experience with producing a cherished ex-student's play, coupled with her corked-up romantic yearnings and embracing something outside her comfort zone.
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Overall 8
8.4
Actors overall 9
9.0
Audio 10
9.5
Extras 9
8.5

The English Teacher (Blu-ray)

DVD Verdict
19 September 2013
  • Excerpt: I once had an English professor who claimed that he was a good teacher not because he cared about his students (he only cared about a few), but because he cared about literature. His students would come and go, he would give them more or less insight into literature (those insights as dependent on the students as the teacher), but his favorite authors would remain.
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Overall 5
5.0

The English Teacher

dvdizzy.com
30 August 2013
  • Conclusion: You expect an independent film to accept its limited commercial prospects and devote its efforts to being smart, different, and poignant. But sometimes, you get something like The English Teacher , that's just not funny, clever, or consistent enough to deserve being seen by a wide audience. While this comedy has a likable cast and some bright moments, it can't decide the story it wants to tell and fails to come together in a satisfying way.
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Overall 8
8.0

The English Teacher

slantmagazine.com
31 July 2013
  • Excerpt: "I know a thing or two about good stories," says Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), the schoolmarm at the center of The English Teacher , a screwball dramedy that proves largely incapable of making the same claim. At its heart, the film is about a reclusive and ostensibly proper middle-aged woman, who's bound for spinsterhood if she can't lower her guard and surpass the poor results of her good intentions.
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Overall 5
4.5

The English Teacher

AV Club
16 May 2013
  • Excerpt: A Jane Austen character in her own mind, Julianne Moore’s eponymous English teacher is going nowhere fast in Kingston, Pennsylvania. She grades potential suitors like she grades papers; in a montage showing her dates with various un-employeds and assholes, the movie scrawls out Moore’s comments on screen: “boring,” “arrogant,” “insane.” As narrator Fiona Shaw explains, “Her uncompromising spirit, so beloved in the classroom, doomed her to a spinster’s life.
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Film Review: 'The English Teacher'

Variety
13 May 2013
  • Summary: An affable if familiar high-school comedy populated by bright pupils, badly behaved teachers and amateur theatricals
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