Teaching Mrs. Tingle
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After the success of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and television's Dawson's Creek, screenwriter Kevin Williamson made his directorial debut with this screwball thriller in which an honor roll student and two friends kidnap their witchy teacher. Although her single mom (Lesley Ann Warren), a waitress, struggles to make ends meet, aspiring writer Leigh Ann Watson (Katie Holmes) works hard, avoids sexual temptation, and focuses on her studies. She hopes to make valedictorian and earn a scholarship to college -- and get away from her dead-end hometown. As her senior year draws… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Depressing!"
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie needs a few more ideas and a lot more thrills to excite viewers, whether young or old."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Misguided teen thriller -- don't bother."
‑ Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
"...a disappointingly flat piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The moral to the story, if any, is rather vague, as are Mrs. Tingle's motives."
‑ Jim Chastain, Norman Transcript
"As a routinely cruel, often vicious, miserably unhappy teacher, Mirren offers a complex, brilliantly disciplined performance!"
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Teaching Mrs. Tingle is funny, smart and full of unpredictable twists and turns."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Film.com
"Helen Mirren's acting stands out in this mean-spirited dark comedy like an original Picasso in a paint-by-numbers art show."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Predictable, mediocre."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Williamson breaks a cardinal rule of good writing: Audiences will play by any rules you choose to establish, but you can't change them in the bottom of the ninth inning."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"There is nothing funny about the situation in Teaching Mrs. Tingle."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A screenful of nothingness!"
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Here you have a movie in which three teenagers go to a teacher's house and take her hostage. Either you go all the way with that premise, or you don't go there at all."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The film's plot runs as smoothly as a Yugo with sand in the transmission and aside from a few well-acted moments, the film falls apart quicker than a paper mache space shuttle."
‑ Tony Toscano, Citadel Broadcasting
"Teaching Mrs. Tingle deserves to flunk out."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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