Detention Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
April 20, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
April 13, 2012
Sort of like The Breakfast Club meets Donnie Darko, except without a hint of subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Barker
Variety
April 1, 2011
What starts as a bracing rush quickly devolves into a deadening assault of stimuli.
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
May 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: D+
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
April 14, 2012
A migraine-inducing endurance test.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 13, 2012
Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 12, 2012
In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
April 13, 2012
Bloody teen slasher ridicules genre's many stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
It's one of the most obnoxious movies ever made.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 12, 2012
This is a film with enough ideas to fuel five different movies and not a single one of them is any good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 12, 2012
Desperately strives for the smarts and fun that The Cabin in the Woods achieves through good ideas, not relentless attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
April 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 12, 2012
Joseph Kahn directs his movie like a ADD kid with a hammer and a xylophone. "Detention" just wears you out.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 31, 2012
...too weird and too off-the-wall to become anything more than a mildly amusing curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 12, 2012
Detention suffers from a giddy overabundance of ideas rather than a dearth.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
July 27, 2011
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New York Times
April 18, 2012
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