Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 2, 2013
    80
    What makes the film work is that this potentially lurid material is treated at all times with sensitivity and probing psychological seriousness.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 5, 2013
    75
    The intensity of Burdge’s excellent performance—and Fidell's intense, often claustrophobic filmmaking—carries the picture far, but when she turns away from the camera (and she does often), you can almost feel Fidell reaching for spare ideas.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 4, 2013
    75
    By continually deferring dramatic tension, the filmmaker puts more weight on the movie’s closing scenes — which are abrupt but true to life — than they can handle.
  4. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Sep 5, 2013
    65
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Kassel
    Sep 3, 2013
    63
    A Teacher is more in the vein of Michael Haneke’s brooding 2001 film, "The Piano Teacher."
  6. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 2, 2013
    60
    Burdge is left to do much of the heavy lifting in terms of inviting the audience into her protagonist’s shaky state, and her performance boasts a remarkable emotional precision throughout — if ever there’s a reason to seek this one out, it would be for her.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 15, 2013
    58
    It's clear that Fidell meant to craft a nonjudgmental, non-exploitative exploration of this taboo situation. And she deserves credit for avoiding both tawdry melodrama and earnest moralizing. But by refusing to judge or exploit, she ultimately ends up without much of interest to say on the topic.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Sep 4, 2013
    50
    A Teacher feels a bit like watching some fool cross a busy freeway on foot over and over again for an hour and change. There’s little to do but await the inevitable splat.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 3, 2013
    50
    We're only allowed an insufficient glimpse of the anxiousness and curiosity that drive these creatures, a tactic which feels suspiciously like hesitance masquerading as enigma.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 5, 2013
    40
    Writer-director Hannah Fidell’s somber drama of an illicit romance earns credit for being a serious discussion of a tabloid-rich topic, but the movie runs out of places to go.
  11. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 5, 2013
    40
    A flimsy episodic feature.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 4, 2013
    40
    When Diana's fixations begin to take over, Fidell seems ill-prepared to steer the film into strictly psychological territory, resulting in a project that loses its fraught sense of control at the same moment as its embattled protagonist.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 3, 2013
    40
    Less a master class in inappropriate high-school relationships than the CliffsNotes version, A Teacher isn’t going to tell you anything Nabokov or "Election" didn’t.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 2, 2013
    40
    As first features go, A Teacher demonstrates a willingness to provoke, but doesn’t seem to understand the minimum expectations most audiences place on films in terms of both incident and characterization.
  15. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 5, 2013
    30
    Long on atmosphere and short on believability.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Sep 7, 2013
    2
    The Movies acting wasn't the best.If they would act better than I would give it a good review.The reason why I'm giving this a mixed review isThe Movies acting wasn't the best.If they would act better than I would give it a good review.The reason why I'm giving this a mixed review is because its a well directed movie but the acting is not the best.5 stars Full Review »