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7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  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 rolesThis 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. Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2015
    7
    Does former student count...!

    A perfect role for Julianne Moore. All the other characters were nicely arranged around her's. It was a story based on the high school teacher and her ex-student, joining together for a school project. In the middle part, a wonderful development in the story turns the convincing second half. Some people are not a good listener, they try to finish the
    Does former student count...!

    A perfect role for Julianne Moore. All the other characters were nicely arranged around her's. It was a story based on the high school teacher and her ex-student, joining together for a school project. In the middle part, a wonderful development in the story turns the convincing second half. Some people are not a good listener, they try to finish the sentence before the speech givers. Such small instance, sometime may create a big trouble. Not right away, but it takes time of its own. At some point the truth will meet and all the hell will break out.

    A movie with a good narration, but very familiar and predictable. Pleased performances, individually, but casts did not blend well together. Overall, a better movie than what I've heard about it, especially compared to so many overrated recent films. Easily just an above average, should have been better in the many parts, but the quality is there and entertains. In the end, it gives satisfactory for what it is. If you expect something more beautiful or powerful, this isn't the right film for you.

    6.5/10
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  3. 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
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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: Adam Nayman
    May 31, 2013
    50
    A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher.
  2. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 30, 2013
    50
    The picture is perfectly watchable but rarely compelling, because the filmmakers are too timid to take any chances.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 23, 2013
    40
    The acting, especially Ms. Moore’s, is solid. But her strong, sympathetic performance fails to transform The English Teacher into anything more than a sitcom devoid of laughs, except for a soupçon of literary humor. It is a movie at odds with itself.