Detachment Reviews

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Neil Smith
Total Film
July 2, 2012
It's impossible to take his didactic diatribe as seriously as it takes itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 15, 2012
Tony Kaye's excellent drama features a killer performance by Adrien Brody.
Full Review | Original Score: A

The List
June 12, 2012
Teeters into self-parody, a self-important, humourless exposť of modern education that eventually becomes exhausting to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 10, 2012
A loud, grating wallow in dime-store despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 9, 2012
...an affecting and frequently engrossing drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 4, 2012
Detachment is a fantastic mish-mash about contemporary isolation as viewed in a large, impersonal public school.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 4, 2012
The film is guilty of reverse sentimentality, where the relentless unhappiness comes to seem as manufactured and artificial as the schmaltz in a romcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 3, 2012
Detachment gets an A for enthusiasm but a C for execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 10, 2012
Soulful, surrealistic, making an angst-driven declaration about contemporary desolation.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
April 1, 2012
Tony Kaye's Detachment is the latest installment of angst and chalk figures. Detachment basically is inauthentic and pretentious. Like most education, it blows its opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 29, 2012
Uneven but intermittently powerful...might itself have benefited from a bit of detachment and restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 29, 2012
Brody expertly depicts someone broken and compassionate, disillusioned and giving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine
March 26, 2012
Detachment is a powerful, incisive and emotionally stirring film that provides keen insight into an over-saturated topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
Top Critic
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2012
There's something weirdly effective about the artistic desperation, which includes inserts of chalkboard animation and to-the-camera testimonials.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 22, 2012
Everywhere you turn in Detachment, someone is trying to make you feel like hell.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
March 21, 2012
An emotionally powerful, enlightening drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 20, 2012
The approach ... is relentlessly cynical and depressing.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 18, 2012
There's considerable gap between level of ambition and level of execution in Tony (American History X) Kaye's problem picture, which is preachy, didactic and dramatically flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 18, 2012
Adrien Brody has never been better. He makes the most of his role as a man afraid of emotional entanglements and yet drawn into them during his latest teaching assignment.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 16, 2012
There's a searing cry for help here, buried somewhere underneath Kaye's unrelenting directorial pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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