Tony Kaye's excellent drama features a killer performance by Adrien Brody.
| Original Score: A
Teeters into self-parody, a self-important, humourless exposť of modern education that eventually becomes exhausting to watch.
| Original Score: 2/5
A loud, grating wallow in dime-store despair.
| Original Score: 1/4
...an affecting and frequently engrossing drama...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Detachment is a fantastic mish-mash about contemporary isolation as viewed in a large, impersonal public school.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film is guilty of reverse sentimentality, where the relentless unhappiness comes to seem as manufactured and artificial as the schmaltz in a romcom.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Detachment gets an A for enthusiasm but a C for execution.
Soulful, surrealistic, making an angst-driven declaration about contemporary desolation.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Uneven but intermittently powerful...might itself have benefited from a bit of detachment and restraint.
| Original Score: C+
Brody expertly depicts someone broken and compassionate, disillusioned and giving.
Detachment is a powerful, incisive and emotionally stirring film that provides keen insight into an over-saturated topic.
| Original Score: 5.9/10
There's something weirdly effective about the artistic desperation, which includes inserts of chalkboard animation and to-the-camera testimonials.
Everywhere you turn in Detachment, someone is trying to make you feel like hell.
An emotionally powerful, enlightening drama.
The approach ... is relentlessly cynical and depressing.
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.
| Original Score: C
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.
There's a searing cry for help here, buried somewhere underneath Kaye's unrelenting directorial pretension.
Detachment gets to you. It hits hard.
| Original Score: 3/4