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Detention Reviews

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 12, 2012
In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 12, 2012
This is a film with enough ideas to fuel five different movies and not a single one of them is any good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
Resembles a movie less than it suggests an evening of determined, incoherent channel-hopping - with the help of a remote control that's apparently stuck on "random."
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
The movie itself is never truly clear. If it's also never intentionally bad, its unintentional badness keeps blasting into shockingly clever places.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 12, 2012
Joseph Kahn directs his movie like a ADD kid with a hammer and a xylophone. "Detention" just wears you out.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 12, 2012
Some viewers will be understandably put off by its aggressive lack of focus, but Kahn is so excited about cramming in every idea that ultimately the originality trumps the obnoxiousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 12, 2012
Somebody somewhere forgot that a film needs a streamlined story to make visual chaos palatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 12, 2012
Desperately strives for the smarts and fun that The Cabin in the Woods achieves through good ideas, not relentless attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 12, 2012
Detention suffers from a giddy overabundance of ideas rather than a dearth.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 10, 2012
The whole thing comes off like 200 commercials smashed together, selling you your own obsolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
It's one of the most obnoxious movies ever made.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 9, 2012
An overstuffed but ridiculously fun and gleefully original concoction. "Detention" should earn major "cult hit" status if for no other reason than for its fierce, unflinching juggling of genres and conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Justine Elias
Slant Magazine
April 9, 2012
Joseph Kahn funded this sharp looking, ultra low-budget indie with his own savings, and you get the feeling that he's going for broke in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
April 4, 2012
... a mash-up of 'Weird Science' and 'Heathers,' madly infatuated with '80s teen films and horror conventions, and paced just right for a generation that digests information 140 characters at a time.
| Original Score: B+
Anton Bitel
Projected Figures
August 31, 2011
hilariously dissects a new class of teenagers in a world of rapidly shifting reference points and values, where they must piece together their identity from an infinity of retro-cultural models and obscure Wiki data no more than a mouse click away
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
August 10, 2011
Nothing more than a loud, horrible cinematic experience that will leave horror fans demanding Kahn's head on a pike once the film gets released.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
April 1, 2011
What starts as a bracing rush quickly devolves into a deadening assault of stimuli.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 19, 2011
ADHD take on the teen comedy incorporates slasher comedy and pop-culture obsession, and will entertain those it doesn't alienate.
Grae Drake
Movies.com
April 20, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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