Detachment Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013
A bizarre, well intentioned mess, at the very least, Detachment is never dull...even as the film is bad, it's compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 16, 2012
Even a talented director like Tony Kaye (American History X) and a great performance from Brody can't save a mess like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
January 22, 2013
While Adrien Brody gives it his all in his performance, the film suffers greatly from an attempt to equalize its multiple plotlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
March 15, 2012
[Brody] is undermined by a bloated script (from Carl Lund, a former public-school teacher) that lumbers him with bloviating asides about how we have failed our children.
Alison Willmore
Movieline
March 15, 2012
Detachment is overwhelming and didactic, intolerably so in some moments...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2012
Endng in risible bathos, Tony Kaye's urban high school melodrama is all about the cute teacher's crises and the girls who love him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 15, 2012
It's nice to see righteous anger in a movie. If only the education drama "Detachment" knew what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 16, 2012
"Detachment" quickly gets stuck in its own world-weariness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
July 12, 2012
It's a vaguely elegant brute of a film, but a long way from Kaye's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 16, 2012
It wants to be an expose of the pervasive horrors of modern life. Instead, it just forces us to detach as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 25, 2011
Brody is brilliant, but can't save the Book of Job proceedings from tilting over into the ludicrous.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
March 15, 2012
A temper tantrum so shallow, aimless, and self-serious that it makes the films of Larry Clarke look genuinely optimistic in comparison
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
July 13, 2012
Grappling with the dilapidation of America's school system is fair enough, but the movie is painfully undone by its pretentious poetry of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 20, 2012
The approach ... is relentlessly cynical and depressing.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 13, 2012
The movie is one big scream, clichéd and hardly credible as an oblique call to civility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
The movie's motives might be admirable, but its execution is so bogged down in impenetrable old-white-guy self-pity that the real problems facing public education and its practitioners get buried in the wallow.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 13, 2012
Adrien Brody, one of the weirdest looking actors of the millennium, plays Henry Barthes, a man so emotionally blocked by a lifetime of disillusion that he cannot connect with any other human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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