Teachers (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Teachers (1984)



Critic Consensus: With moments of stinging satire undermined by jarring tonal shifts, Teachers offers an education in the limits of a strong cast's ability to prop up uneven writing.

Movie Info

In this film, Alex is a middle-aged high-school teacher who attempts to contribute to the lives of his students while playing politics between them and the school system. The plot includes a lawsuit filed against the school for allowing an illiterate student to graduate.

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Allen Garfield
as Rosenberg
Lee Grant
as Dr. Burke
Zohra Lampert
as Mrs. Pilikian
Mary Alice
as Linda Ganz
Ellen Crawford
as Social Worker
Terry Ellis
as Tim Hahn
Aaron Freeman
as Brinkman
Ronald Hunter
as Mr. Pilikian
Julia Jennings
as The Blonde
Stephen Mendillo
as Lecture Cop
Jeff Ware
as Malloy
Da Nang McKay
as Wounded Kid
Ray Noch
as Dan Hall
Ron Dean
as Guard
Simon Williams
as Attendant
Paul Zegler
as Attendant
Ken Feil
as Guard
Roy Dean
as Guard
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Critic Reviews for Teachers

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

It's not the comedic touch that's the problem, it's that the touch doesn't sting.

October 3, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Fails to communicate its message of social concern and it winds up looking as frenzied and juvenile as every other teen exploitation flick.

October 3, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Nolte is always interesting to watch. Had they not been detained with an elementary-school script, both he and the picture would have fared better.

October 3, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite its faults, "Teachers" has moments that make it worth seeing. Just don't expect too much.

October 3, 2021 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

When "Teachers" works, and it works quite often, it's due to a superior collection of actors, all of whom bring a large amount of energy and talent to the proceedings.

October 3, 2021 | Full Review…

"Teachers" may mean well, but it flunks out.

October 3, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Teachers

This is the worst portrayal of a high school I've ever seen, and none of the actors were good either, which was surprising since there are many good actors in the movie, but I really didn't like this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This movie is a plethora of 80's actors including a nude Jobeth Williams and just off the Karate Kid movies Macchio minus Morgan Freeman and has the storyline to match. It is full of some pretty good acting and not a bad script. It actually shows some good acting by Nick Nolte and surprisingly the late Richard Mulligan. It probably never went anywhere because the script matches a lot of other 80's movies of the time. Not a bad soundtrack either. Pre Back to the Future Crispin Glover is a nice touch in this.

Matthew Liptak
Matthew Liptak

Super Reviewer

I can't believe that more people haven't seen this little gem from 1984. A decent storyline with a strong cast and good sountrack. It's funny, it's serious, and it's a little crazy. An interesting mix of comedy and drama.

nefnie lee
nefnie lee

Super Reviewer

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