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Detachment Reviews

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September 18, 2017
This is imitation Polanski, and not a good imitation at that.
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+
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
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
Top Critic
March 15, 2012
[Brody] is undermined by a bloated script (from Carl Lund, a former public-school teacher) that lumbers him with bloviating asides about how we have failed our children.
March 15, 2012
Detachment is overwhelming and didactic, intolerably so in some moments...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 1, 2012
Tony Kaye's Detachment is the latest installment of angst and chalk figures. Detachment basically is inauthentic and pretentious. Like most education, it blows its opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 11, 2012
Endng in risible bathos, Tony Kaye's urban high school melodrama is all about the cute teacher's crises and the girls who love him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 15, 2012
It's nice to see righteous anger in a movie. If only the education drama "Detachment" knew what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2012
There's a searing cry for help here, buried somewhere underneath Kaye's unrelenting directorial pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 16, 2012
"Detachment" quickly gets stuck in its own world-weariness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
March 16, 2012
It wants to be an expose of the pervasive horrors of modern life. Instead, it just forces us to detach as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2011
Brody is brilliant, but can't save the Book of Job proceedings from tilting over into the ludicrous.
March 15, 2012
A temper tantrum so shallow, aimless, and self-serious that it makes the films of Larry Clarke look genuinely optimistic in comparison
| Original Score: 1.5/5
May 3, 2012
Detachment gets an A for enthusiasm but a C for execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
March 20, 2012
The approach ... is relentlessly cynical and depressing.
March 13, 2012
The movie is one big scream, clichéd and hardly credible as an oblique call to civility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 13, 2012
The movie's motives might be admirable, but its execution is so bogged down in impenetrable old-white-guy self-pity that the real problems facing public education and its practitioners get buried in the wallow.
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