• 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
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
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
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
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
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie itself is never truly clear. If it's also never intentionally bad, its unintentional badness keeps blasting into shockingly clever places.

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

April 12, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Some viewers will be understandably put off by its aggressive lack of focus, but Kahn is so excited about cramming in every idea that ultimately the originality trumps the obnoxiousness.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 12, 2012
Dustin Putman

An overstuffed but ridiculously fun and gleefully original concoction. "Detention" should earn major "cult hit" status if for no other reason than for its fierce, unflinching juggling of genres and conventions.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3/4

April 9, 2012
Justine Elias
Slant Magazine

Joseph Kahn funded this sharp looking, ultra low-budget indie with his own savings, and you get the feeling that he's going for broke in every sense.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 9, 2012
Drew McWeeny

... a mash-up of 'Weird Science' and 'Heathers,' madly infatuated with '80s teen films and horror conventions, and paced just right for a generation that digests information 140 characters at a time.

Full Review Source: HitFix | Original Score: B+

April 4, 2012
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

hilariously dissects a new class of teenagers in a world of rapidly shifting reference points and values, where they must piece together their identity from an infinity of retro-cultural models and obscure Wiki data no more than a mouse click away

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

August 31, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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ADHD take on the teen comedy incorporates slasher comedy and pop-culture obsession, and will entertain those it doesn't alienate.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 19, 2011
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
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
Grae Drake

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1/5

April 20, 2012

New York Times
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April 18, 2012
Gabe Toro
The Playlist
April 6, 2012
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
July 27, 2011
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