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Detachment Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013
A bizarre, well intentioned mess, at the very least, Detachment is never dull...even as the film is bad, it's compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Ashley Norris
February 5, 2013
It's a film so well paced with a message so relevant that it deserves an audience bigger than what it got and it deserves more of an emotional impact than will resonant throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
January 22, 2013
While Adrien Brody gives it his all in his performance, the film suffers greatly from an attempt to equalize its multiple plotlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeff Beck
September 16, 2012
Even a talented director like Tony Kaye (American History X) and a great performance from Brody can't save a mess like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 15, 2012
Detachment is the sort of film-of-the-week that ought to appeal to anyone who loves movies in the purest sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 15, 2012
Detachment has such original energy and is so infused with righteous anger that it proves hard to dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 14, 2012
The acting is excellent but the movie is the sort of thing that gives pessimism a bad name.
Anton Bitel
July 13, 2012
Despite its title and central theme, Tony Kaye's complicated lament for values abandoned and children betrayed leaves little room for indifference.
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
July 13, 2012
Admittedly, the film is heavy-handed in places, but it still makes you sit up and take notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 13, 2012
Grappling with the dilapidation of America's school system is fair enough, but the movie is painfully undone by its pretentious poetry of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 13, 2012
If Detachment is only partially successful, it is still more watchable than most school sagas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 13, 2012
It is pretentious and overbearing at times but passionate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Grant Rollings
The Sun (UK)
July 12, 2012
It is a touch more subtle than X, carrying off the tough trick of being both amusing and depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
July 12, 2012
It's watchable enough, but the bludgeoning screenplay seems undercooked compared to the high-grade actors on show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 12, 2012
Like the recent Margaret it rages against the dying of the light in a country where too many people think the lights are still on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
July 12, 2012
It's a vaguely elegant brute of a film, but a long way from Kaye's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
July 11, 2012
Stylishly directed and sharply written, this is an engaging, if ultimately depressing drama with strong performances from a superb ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 10, 2012
Tony Kaye's penchant for piercing filmmaking hasn't gone anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 8, 2012
Incredible performances from the cast, but Detachment is perhaps just too pretentiously depressing for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 5, 2012
It's directed and acted with enough sensitivity to stir our sympathies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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