• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Horror, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Joseph Kahn
    In Theaters:
    Apr 13, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 31, 2012
  • IDP Distribution


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Detention Reviews

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Detention is unlike any teen slasher you've ever seen, or quite possibly will see. It's proof that fresh ideas and off the wall filmmaking are still a possibility in today's cinematic world.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9/10

January 16, 2013
Eric Melin

It's hard not to admire the absolute commitment to a script that is very ambitious and totally bonkers in the plot department. And maybe its lack of focus is meant to reflect the scattered attention spans of its audience.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 4, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

The Breakfast Club meets Scream in self-consciously quirky teen horror comedy mash-up Detention - with elements of Freaky Friday, Donnie Darko and a string of other movies thrown into the pot too.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

August 24, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

Detention is a hypnotic hipster acid trip - a brazenly irreverent jolt to the system that screams cult gem.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

August 9, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...too weird and too off-the-wall to become anything more than a mildly amusing curiosity.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2012
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I often fell in to the category of despising it but also kept dabbling in the area of admiration for being so unpredictable and original.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2012
Jeremy Heilman

Its willingness to not only acknowledge but outright revel in its own shallowness is refreshing.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 68/100

July 24, 2012
Paul Chambers

The story makes little sense, but the rapid-fire jokes are amusing at times. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they miss. Just keep plugging away and the audience may laugh a time or two.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: D+

May 6, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Neither good enough to impress as a meta mashup of horror and comedy, nor bad enough to hoot and throw popcorn at, it slides into a gray area of unfocused ideas and unrealized potential.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

April 26, 2012
Brent Simon

An over-the-top film of boundless energy and if not empty voice then at least wholly scattershot imagination; full of robust but scrupulously manufactured eccentricities.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: C-

April 17, 2012
Fred Topel

If you're a film lover who watches movies all the time, it's nice to have a film or two out there that elevates the craft of watching a movie. I know I need to go to the next level sometimes.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 10 out of 10

April 14, 2012
Scott Weinberg

A migraine-inducing endurance test.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 14, 2012
Adam Fendelman

Kahn's fast-paced, Aaron Sorkin-like "Detention" deserves cult-hit status. Just as "The Social Network" embodies our Facebook culture, this SXSW film-festival favorite rewrites today's high school movie bible.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 4.0/5.0

April 13, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 13, 2012
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Bloody teen slasher ridicules genre's many stereotypes.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

April 13, 2012
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

Once you get past the movie's rough beginnings and adjust to its goofy spirit and episodic randomness, Detention becomes a good deal of fun.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

April 13, 2012
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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There will be young moviegoers who proclaim this genius, and more stodgy audience members who find it torturous. If you're not tweeting and texting a combined 50 times or more per day, you're probably in the latter camp.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 13, 2012
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix

Sort of like The Breakfast Club meets Donnie Darko, except without a hint of subtlety.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Here's another sardonic look at the hell of the American high school, where countless American filmmakers believe our souls are locked no matter how long it's been since we graduated.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 13, 2012
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

It's as if someone vomited pastel-hued nostalgia. I must apologize for that statement: Pastel vomit would take some effort to produce.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 0/4

April 12, 2012
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