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School Life

HD   G Closed Captioning

Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane

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About the Movie

Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English, and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: School Life is a bit woolly in its pacing, but the picture's easygoing structure is part of its charm-it mimics, perhaps, the passage of time at Headfort itself. – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, Sep 5, 2017

Fresh: It's hard not to be moved by the dedication and affection that the Headfort staff -- given a bit more individual scrutiny here than the children -- put into their work. – Guy Lodge, Variety, May 12, 2017

Fresh: "School Life" is as charming, intimate and warm-hearted an observational documentary as you'd ever want to see. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 14, 2017

Fresh: Ostensibly documenting a year in the life of Headfort School... the Spanish co-production instead quickly reveals itself as an irresistibly admiring portrait of long-married couple John and Amanda Leyden, both staff members for over 40 years. – Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter, May 12, 2017

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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