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
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
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
Jeremy Heilman
July 24, 2012
Its willingness to not only acknowledge but outright revel in its own shallowness is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Fred Topel
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
Adam Fendelman
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
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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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
Dustin Putman
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
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
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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.
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
Paul Chambers
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
Grae Drake
April 20, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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New York Times
April 18, 2012
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
July 27, 2011
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