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

Opening

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Detention Reviews

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

New York Times
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April 18, 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
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
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
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 12, 2012
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 12, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Resembles a movie less than it suggests an evening of determined, incoherent channel-hopping - with the help of a remote control that's apparently stuck on "random."

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 12, 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
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Somebody somewhere forgot that a film needs a streamlined story to make visual chaos palatable.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

April 12, 2012
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Detention suffers from a giddy overabundance of ideas rather than a dearth.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

April 12, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The whole thing comes off like 200 commercials smashed together, selling you your own obsolescence.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

April 10, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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It's one of the most obnoxious movies ever made.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 10, 2012
Andrew Barker
Variety
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What starts as a bracing rush quickly devolves into a deadening assault of stimuli.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 1, 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
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