• Detropia
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    Added: May 10, 2013


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Detropia Reviews

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Katherine Monk

Detropia is everything you think it's going to be: educational, emotional and highly depressing. Yet, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing's documentary portrait of Detroit, America's noted city of industry, is not a static picture of decay.

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
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Bleak but aesthetically quenching documentary on how the once great industrial city of Detroit has in modern times become a car wreck.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 14, 2013
Jennifer Merin

A hard-hitting yet lyrical documentary about the current economic woes of once prosperous Detroit, an iconic American city.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 5/5

December 16, 2012
Mike Scott

A sobering, sentimental journey through crumbling Detroit -- but one lacking any real intellectual punch.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

November 30, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The film at its best is a sort of visual essay or tone poem composed of haunting, paradoxically beautiful images of urban ruin that sometimes appears almost post-apocalyptic...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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A fascinating portrait of a 21st-century post-industrial hellscape.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 1, 2012
Inga Saffron
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Detropia's filmmakers stay out of the picture, hanging back to allow the viewer to absorb the meaning of Detroit's fate. It is even more complex than we thought.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2012
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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A startling, haunting documentary about a once-great city, "Detropia" is all but a eulogy for Detroit.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... will do little for Motor City tourism.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2012
Sarah Boslaugh

Detropia is a tone poem of a decaying city...

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 8/10

October 11, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian

Grady and Ewing, employing the observational, often visually poetic style that has become their trademark, capture this city at a crossroads.

Full Review Source: The Washingtonian | Original Score: 7/10

October 9, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Oscar-nominated for their earlier Jesus Camp, aim a compassionate and artful lens in their new documentary Detropia, finding signs of life in the ruined city.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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City services are shutting down, schools are closing, houses are being demo'd by the thousands - like lights being turned out one by one, "Detropia" powerfully captures a city fighting not to go dark.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 4, 2012
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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Artfully - perhaps too artfully - illustrates the transformation of the Motor City from a middle-class utopia to an urban nightmare of blight, crime and fleeing residents.

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

September 28, 2012
John Anderson
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Just as the film finds an aesthetic in its dilapidated setting, the city's residents find hope in a desperate place, a place that once represented hope itself.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt

'Detropia' is a tone poem, an impressionistic mosaic that gives you a sense of the city and a pandemic of pessimism that challenges those who elect to stay.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 9

September 26, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The dreamlike visual approach makes for undeniably good cinema but as a meaningful examination of why Detroit unraveled, what it's facing, and where it might go, it's woefully inadequate portraiture.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

September 23, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The movie is heavy on statistics (all of them grim), yet what lingers is an operatic sense of tragedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 21, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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"Detropia" feels somewhere between loose (which is good) and aimless (which isn't).

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

September 20, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Via beautiful cinematography, the film wanders the city, contrasting a new automaker's towers with abandoned hotels, derelict theaters, ruined houses and people walking through the snow down the middle of streets because there's no traffic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
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