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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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New York Times
April 18, 2012
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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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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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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
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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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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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 12, 2012
Somebody somewhere forgot that a film needs a streamlined story to make visual chaos palatable.
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+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 10, 2012
The whole thing comes off like 200 commercials smashed together, selling you your own obsolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
It's one of the most obnoxious movies ever made.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
April 1, 2011
What starts as a bracing rush quickly devolves into a deadening assault of stimuli.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 19, 2011
ADHD take on the teen comedy incorporates slasher comedy and pop-culture obsession, and will entertain those it doesn't alienate.