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The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)



Critic Consensus: Elevated by a bravura performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher is one American remake that retains its impact the second time around.

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Forty years old, stuck in Staten Island and married to a sweet but oblivious husband with kids that largely ignore her, Lisa Spinelli spends her days teaching Kindergarten with growing numbness. Her one reprieve is a nighttime poetry class across the bay in Lower Manhattan. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated--then obsessed, as she struggles to protect him from neglectful parents and a plagiarizing babysitter. She soon finds herself risking her career, family and freedom to nurture his artistic promise.

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (15)

Unsatisfying. And yet I believe it's worth seeing for Gyllenhaal's performance. She is one of the rare actresses who can project real intelligence in all its maddening moods.

October 19, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's hard not to think "WTF?!" in this story of a teacher who discovers a child prodigy and becomes obsessed. But Gyllenhaal is a sorceress of an actress worthy of following through the film's twisty paths of light and dark.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Gyllenhaal, a master at conveying a conflicted inner life, is pitch-perfect as she allows her concern for Jimmy to slowly slide off the rails of appropriateness.

October 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Colangelo's best move was to cast Gyllenhaal, who captures Lisa's conflicted emotions in subtle gestures and expressions, never overplaying.

October 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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A deft and intelligent minor-key variation on a superb 2014 Israeli film of the same title.

October 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Gyllenhaal - who is never out of our sight - somehow makes us all her accomplices, imprisoning our sympathies even when Lisa's inappropriate behavior escalates to inexcusable.

October 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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