A bizarre, well intentioned mess, at the very least, Detachment is never dull...even as the film is bad, it's compulsively watchable.
| Original Score: D+
Even a talented director like Tony Kaye (American History X) and a great performance from Brody can't save a mess like this.
| Original Score: 2/4
While Adrien Brody gives it his all in his performance, the film suffers greatly from an attempt to equalize its multiple plotlines.
| Original Score: 5/10
[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.
Detachment is overwhelming and didactic, intolerably so in some moments...
| Original Score: 6/10
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
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
It's nice to see righteous anger in a movie. If only the education drama "Detachment" knew what to do with it.
| Original Score: 2/5
There's a searing cry for help here, buried somewhere underneath Kaye's unrelenting directorial pretension.
| Original Score: C
"Detachment" quickly gets stuck in its own world-weariness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's a vaguely elegant brute of a film, but a long way from Kaye's best.
It wants to be an expose of the pervasive horrors of modern life. Instead, it just forces us to detach as well.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brody is brilliant, but can't save the Book of Job proceedings from tilting over into the ludicrous.
A temper tantrum so shallow, aimless, and self-serious that it makes the films of Larry Clarke look genuinely optimistic in comparison
Detachment gets an A for enthusiasm but a C for execution.
Grappling with the dilapidation of America's school system is fair enough, but the movie is painfully undone by its pretentious poetry of despair.
| Original Score: 1/5
The approach ... is relentlessly cynical and depressing.
The movie is one big scream, clichéd and hardly credible as an oblique call to civility.
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.
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.