Detention Reviews

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
January 16, 2013
Detention is unlike any teen slasher you've ever seen, or quite possibly will see. It's proof that fresh ideas and off the wall filmmaking are still a possibility in today's cinematic world.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 4, 2012
It's hard not to admire the absolute commitment to a script that is very ambitious and totally bonkers in the plot department. And maybe its lack of focus is meant to reflect the scattered attention spans of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 24, 2012
The Breakfast Club meets Scream in self-consciously quirky teen horror comedy mash-up Detention - with elements of Freaky Friday, Donnie Darko and a string of other movies thrown into the pot too.
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
August 9, 2012
Detention is a hypnotic hipster acid trip - a brazenly irreverent jolt to the system that screams cult gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 31, 2012
...too weird and too off-the-wall to become anything more than a mildly amusing curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 26, 2012
I often fell in to the category of despising it but also kept dabbling in the area of admiration for being so unpredictable and original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
July 24, 2012
Its willingness to not only acknowledge but outright revel in its own shallowness is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
May 6, 2012
The story makes little sense, but the rapid-fire jokes are amusing at times. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they miss. Just keep plugging away and the audience may laugh a time or two.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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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
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
April 17, 2012
An over-the-top film of boundless energy and if not empty voice then at least wholly scattershot imagination; full of robust but scrupulously manufactured eccentricities.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
April 14, 2012
If you're a film lover who watches movies all the time, it's nice to have a film or two out there that elevates the craft of watching a movie. I know I need to go to the next level sometimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 10 out of 10
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
April 14, 2012
A migraine-inducing endurance test.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
April 13, 2012
Kahn's fast-paced, Aaron Sorkin-like "Detention" deserves cult-hit status. Just as "The Social Network" embodies our Facebook culture, this SXSW film-festival favorite rewrites today's high school movie bible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
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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
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
April 13, 2012
Bloody teen slasher ridicules genre's many stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
April 13, 2012
Once you get past the movie's rough beginnings and adjust to its goofy spirit and episodic randomness, Detention becomes a good deal of fun.
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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
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
April 13, 2012
Sort of like The Breakfast Club meets Donnie Darko, except without a hint of subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 12, 2012
It's as if someone vomited pastel-hued nostalgia. I must apologize for that statement: Pastel vomit would take some effort to produce.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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