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  • Summary: A high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 5, 2013
    30
    Long on atmosphere and short on believability.

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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 is because its a well directed movie but the acting is not the best.5 stars Collapse

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