Detachment Reviews

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January 26, 2019
Detachment clearly has high aspirations, but unfortunately its jumbled narration means that it falls just shy of the mark.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 12, 2012
It's a vaguely elegant brute of a film, but a long way from Kaye's best.
July 8, 2012
Incredible performances from the cast, but Detachment is perhaps just too pretentiously depressing for its own good.
July 2, 2012
It's impossible to take his didactic diatribe as seriously as it takes itself.
June 12, 2012
Teeters into self-parody, a self-important, humourless exposé of modern education that eventually becomes exhausting to watch.
May 10, 2012
A loud, grating wallow in dime-store despair.
May 4, 2012
The film is guilty of reverse sentimentality, where the relentless unhappiness comes to seem as manufactured and artificial as the schmaltz in a romcom.
May 3, 2012
Detachment gets an A for enthusiasm but a C for execution.
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.
March 29, 2012
Uneven but intermittently powerful...might itself have benefited from a bit of detachment and restraint.
March 22, 2012
Everywhere you turn in Detachment, someone is trying to make you feel like hell.
March 20, 2012
The approach ... is relentlessly cynical and depressing.
March 18, 2012
There's considerable gap between level of ambition and level of execution in Tony (American History X) Kaye's problem picture, which is preachy, didactic and dramatically flawed.
March 16, 2012
There's a searing cry for help here, buried somewhere underneath Kaye's unrelenting directorial pretension.
March 16, 2012
There's little that's outrageous or involving..It's more like a lecture about the failures of public education.
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