Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 10, 2013
    20
    Despite a lead performance by the always welcome Julianne Moore it is rudderless in its presentation and outright stupid in its central conceits.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 16, 2013
    30
    The English Teacher is a tragedy masquerading as a comedy and doing a disservice to both.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 14, 2013
    20
    A respectable cast and much noisy boisterousness isn't enough to generate a single laugh.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 26, 2013
    8
    This is Julianne Moore's movie. She's in almost every scene and has the chops to pull it off. She plays a single, stereotypical high school teacher with no personal life…until one of her former students returns home with a play he's written. She takes it upon herself to bring it to the stage (with the help of drama teacher, the always funny Nathan Lane). There are other supporting roles that add to the humorous momentum (notably the school administrators). This movie is as light and predictable as a TV episode and some of that could be the director, Craig Zisk, a talented veteran of the medium. Although it's in no way memorable, this is a sweet little trifle with charming comic energy. Full Review »
  2. May 17, 2013
    10
    Cute, sweet, great acting. I love both Julianne Moore and Nathan Lane, so this was the perfect flick for me. I thought both of them were truly in their element for English Teacher Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2013
    5
    “The English Teacher” is an awkward attempt by director Craig Zisk (“Weeds”, “The Larry Sanders Show”) in his feature film debut as he tries to relate the tale of a spinster high school teacher Julianne Moore, who becomes obsessed with the talents of one of her former high school students. Nathan Lane plays the drama coach/teacher who loves the play the ex-student has written and the efforts all make to have it produced. Greg Kinnear as the father of the young playwright also interjects his presence as this troubled film seeks to find its comedy/tragedy identity but never quite makes it. I give the film only a 6 despite the fine efforts of 3 very talented actors. Full Review »