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Kindergarten Teacher, The (12A)


US drama in which a teacher becomes obsessed with her five year old student after believing him to be a poetic genius.

The critical consensus

Despite sensitive direction and a nervy turn from Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher doesn't really do enough to deliver a satisfying pay-off on a well-developed and intriguing situation.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 04/03/2019

A slow-burn moral thriller.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 06/03/2019

A piece of apposite cultural criticism with a stunning turn from Gyllenhaal.

****(*)Lillian Crawford, Little White Lies, 06/03/2019

Gyllenhaal is terrific as a teacher and wannabe poet who exploits a child prodigy in this gripping psychological drama.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/03/2019

Maggie Gyllenhaal shines in surprising, unnerving drama.

****(*)Clarsse Loughrey, The Independent, 07/03/2019

Small-scale and slow, The Kindergarten Teacher works best as a showcase for the brilliance of Maggie Gyllenhaal. Adding another complex character to her resume, it’s another reminder she is among the best actors working today.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 08/03/2019

Gyllenhaal is spellbinding in Sara Colangelo’s complex tale of a teacher who becomes too deeply involved with a gifted five-year-old in her care.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 10/03/2019

Features about Kindergarten Teacher, The (12A)

Maggie Gyllenhaal on The Kindergarten Teacher

James Mottram, The List, 05/03/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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