Teaching Mrs. Tingle

Leigh Ann's nasty teacher, Mrs. Tingle, is the one thing that is stopping her from becoming valedictorian. While trying to get Mrs. Tingle to see her way, Leigh Ann gets caught in a misunderstanding that leads to blackmail and possibly worse.
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Netflix Rating: 3.2
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 19%
Critics' score: 19   Audience score: 33   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A dull assignment.

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune


Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today

Teaching Mrs. Tingle an ugly, failed attempt to pull off a Heathers - style, teen - oriented black comedy.

Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

Depressing! full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

A wildly uneven and sloppily directed movie, full of clashing tones and undigested bits of superior films. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,

As a routinely cruel, often vicious, miserably unhappy teacher, Mirren offers a complex, brilliantly disciplined performance! full review

Susan Stark, Detroit News

Newly benign, and noticeably clumsy. full review

Janet Maslin, New York Times

The movie needs a few more ideas and a lot more thrills to excite viewers, whether young or old. full review

Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle

The lack of surprises, plot twists, and clever dialogue makes this a distressingly lame offering. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Contains enough amusing moments and unpredictable twists for the film to score with teen audiences.

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

Even a fantasy, whoever it's for, has to have a plot that minimally makes sense, characters that make decisions based on coherent personalities, and a consistent tone. Unfortunately, Teaching Mrs. Tingle lacks all three.

Peter Brunette,

Spiteful and shallow! full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Wholly predictable and implausible plotting, thin characterizations, and stilted dialogue!

Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz

There is nothing funny about the situation in Teaching Mrs. Tingle. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Teaching Mrs. Tingle is funny, smart and full of unpredictable twists and turns.

Ernest Hardy,

Teaching Mrs. Tingle reveals Williamson not only to be as accomplished a director as he is a writer but also his willingness to move beyond horror to psychological suspense. full review

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

A screenful of nothingness!

Jay Carr, Boston Globe

A good mix of the nostalgic and the brand-new! full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

A pat, hollow exercise! full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety
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  • Release Year: 1999
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Available From: Sep 08, 2012
  • Queued by: 106 people
Directed By
Kevin Williamson
Helen Mirren, Marisa Coughlan, Katie Holmes, Jeffrey Tambor, Barry Watson, Liz Stauber, Michael McKean, Molly Ringwald, Vivica A. Fox

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