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147 Ratings

The Kindergarten Teacher

Directed by Sara Colangelo
United States, 2018


A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students who she believes is a child prodigy.

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The Kindergarten Teacher Directed by Sara Colangelo
What’s really fascinating here isn’t how dark the film gets, but how effectively Gyllenhaal and Colangelo establish Lisa’s isolation, how at odds her behavior is with normal ways of being, even before she goes fully through the looking glass.
October 15, 2018
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Fluidly capturing the trajectory of a ruinous obsession, the writer and director, Sara Colangelo, skillfully fudges the line between mentoring and manipulation, and between nurturing talent and appropriating it. Suffusing each scene with an insinuating, prickly tension, she remains ruthlessly committed to her screw-tightening tone, offering the viewer no comforting moral escape hatch.
October 11, 2018
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Even though Lisa makes us recoil in horror, Gyllenhaal, with her courageous vulnerability and her evident compassion and understanding for her character, turns The Kindergarten Teacher into much more than a morality tale.
September 17, 2018
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