Matthew Lickona 2:45 p.m., Dec. 10
A pretentious mess from Tony Kaye (American History X). Lean, saint-faced Adrien Brody plays a school teacher rightly cynical about the dismal system. He compounds the daily crisis by encouraging the fantasies of a neurotic girl and nurturing a nymphetic drug whore (Sami Gayle). The story is alarmed gibberish, providing moments of histrionic despair for James Caan, Blythe Danner, Lucy Liu, Marcia Gay Harden, Tim Blake Nelson.
— David Elliott