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Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A TEACHER explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as the beautiful and confident Diana gets fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Lindsay Burdge delivers a deeply compelling and seamlessly naturalistic performance that brings us into the mind of an adult driven to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is lifeless for its first hour, and the last-minute outpourings are too little, too late."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Ms. Fidell ... has a fine eye but not the makings of a feature-length movie here and, it quickly becomes clear, isn't interested in this relationship or the moral, ethical and legal issues it raises."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A starkly bitter antidote to the basic cable movies-of-the-week that have traditionally been made about teacher-student affairs."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"Failed to excite me."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Neither character is given any depth or history. And since we're never privy to how their relationship began, there's no sense of what, if anything, is at stake for them."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"An evocative but ultimately hollow indie drama."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Fidell's mature style and Burdge's lack of guile are engaging. As the film's emotions grow darker, a lack of ideas comes through."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"An intimate, tres European, two-character piece free of easy moralism that ranks among the best debuts in recent memory."
‑ Ryan Lattanzio, Thompson on Hollywood
"As the teacher, Lindsay Burdge gives a stunning performance."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Rather cold, the movie could have used some more humanity or, at the very least, dramatic excitement."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"The diminishing returns in part are due to Burdge's performance, which too often settles for the same look of fraught anxiety. But they also result from Fidell's decision to pare her film down to the barest elements."
‑ Tomas Hachard, NPR
"Glimpses of the relationship's dynamics can't overcome the missing sense of how these two first connected, an increasingly problematic void at the movie's core."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Lindsay Burdge gives a fine performance in this film. The story starts out looking predictable, and it is. The only mystery is why the main character behaves the way she does, and that is not explained."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Despite a deeply invested lead performance, A Teacher gives off strong vapors of phoniness; it's an exercise in lazy minimalism."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Mood divorced from meaning."
‑ Michael Nordine, Willamette Week
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