Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
  1. 40
    Williamson's directorial debut is a sad affair, devoid of shocks, surprises, or even his clever trademark diologue.
  2. 25
    A mean-hearted, ham-handed and gratuitous effort to exploit it's teenage audience's conviction that, underneath it all, their teachers really. do hate them.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    Mostly a screenful of nothingness.
  4. Williamson deals mostly in cliches, as if high schoolers weren't smart enough to appreciate anything subtler.
  5. 20
    The story is painfully slow.
  6. 38
    There is nothing funny about the situation in Teaching Mrs. Tingle.
  7. 50
    The same bland vision of teendom that's become inescapable on the small and big screens.
  8. 70
    Flecked with delicious malice, and the kids, especially newcomer Coughlin, performs with verve and high energy.
  9. A derisively vicious show-off satire, a plastic exercise in authority bashing.
  10. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    30
    Underwhelming thriller.
  11. 30
    The new dud from Miramax's Dimension label.
  12. 90
    A dark, biting comedy-- funny, smart and full of unpredictable twist and turns.
  13. In his knockout directorial debut writer Kevin Williamson taps into such universal memories with his shrewd and energetic dark comedy.
  14. 25
    A spectacularly mediocre movie.
  15. 50
    Wholly predictable and implausible plotting, thin characterizations, and stilted dialogue.
  16. Very much a freshman effort, lacking focus, edge.
  17. An ugly, failed attempt to pull off a "Heathers"-style, teen-oriented black comedy.
  18. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    50
    There are some very funny moments, and Coughlan is a delight as Leigh Anne's best friend.
  19. Williamson's screenplay doesn't match the cleverness of his conceit; it lacks the requisite archness and wit.
  20. The tone of the film malingers somewhere between hyper-real comedy and thriller, but neither element really shines through.
  21. 40
    A wildly uneven and sloppily directed movie, full of clashing tones and undigested bits of superior films.
  22. Williamson's script, which he also directed, is spiteful and shallow.
  23. An infuriatingly indulgent piffle of adolescent wish-fulfillment.
  24. Not surprisingly, the best thing on the screen is Mirren.
  25. Newly benign and noticeably clumsier than the hits (Williamson) has written.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    It's too empty to applaud, too insignificant to deplore.
  27. One of the worst movies released this year.
  28. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Neither very dark nor particularly funny.
  29. 50
    Mirren is about the only reason this slow-moving revenge tale tingles at all.
  30. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    A pat, hollow exercises with few tricks (or treats) up its sleeve.
  31. 30
    Yet another black comedy that misunderstands and misrepresents the genre.
  32. Lazily written and hopelessly miscast.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. BradL.
    Dec 26, 2005
    10
    If u haven't seen it, u have missed a lot.