American Teacher
American Teacher (2011)

American Teacher is the feature-length documentary created and produced by Vanessa Roth, Nínive Calegari, Dave Eggers, and Brian McGinn. The film includes a musical score by Thao Nguyen and is narrated by Matt Damon. The film chronicles the… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: September 30, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people's children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Featuring a tedious procession of statistics, graphs and talking heads, American Teacher undercuts the forcefulness of its arguments with its underwhelming presentation.

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Sarah Boslaugh

Vanessa Roth's documentary American Teacher positions itself as a rebuttal to those who make political points maligning American teachers.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

A heartfelt, bittersweet portrait of several teachers as they make the difficult decision of whether to stick with the profession.

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Alison Willmore
AV Club

The film is relentlessly one-sided enough to become tiring, but it's impossible not to feel for the main characters, who all love what they do while continually being forced to question how feasible it is.

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Nora Lee Mandel

[S]upplements lots of stats with teachers' true tales. . . [E]ffective portraits poignantly personalize the multitude of charts and testimony from many education experts.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

As we watch the individuals in "American Teacher" struggle with the burdens the system places on them, it's hard not to feel like crying, both for them specifically and for our national culture.

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

What's made powerfully clear is that we've reached a dire point of crisis that, while largely rooted in economics, is about so much more than dollars and cents.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Convincing docu highlights underappreciated teachers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
This documentary briefly focuses on the complexities of the public education system. Through a series of interviews, four distinctive educators (ranging across… More
Sunil Jawahir
Just awesome. Powerful without being a total downer but very emotional. These people love what they do and you feel their frustration.