Detention

2019, Horror, 1h 42m

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Politically charged horror that's as viscerally effective as it is intellectually stimulating, Detention's got class. Read critic reviews

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Two teens get trapped inside a haunted high school.

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Critic Reviews for Detention

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (5)

  • Forgiveness and remembrance are intertwined in this powerful story. An apt heir to [Guillermo] del Toro at his most analytical, it's a stirring political fable dressed in the ghoulish weaves of a creepy monster flick.

    October 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Detention delivers a stirring history lesson and an incisive commentary on the evils of authoritarianism, but its fractured and ride-the-rails ghost story does it no favors

    January 29, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • This game adaptation may be no fun for the characters forced to face each additional horror, but it offers viewers a supernatural thrill facing off against the most menacing ghosts of history.

    December 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • At its best, Detention feels like a great throwback to the Tartan era of extreme Asian horror imports from the '00s. When it really shines it feels like an exciting reinvention of iconic ghost stories that came before.

    November 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Where most video-game adaptations lean too heavily on the source material, Detention strays too far away, opting for a moody, non-captivating relationship drama over any sustained scares.

    October 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Adds up to a relatively enjoyable adaptation still miles above most other entries in the genre.

    October 21, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Forgiveness and remembrance are intertwined in this powerful story. An apt heir to [Guillermo] del Toro at his most analytical, it's a stirring political fable dressed in the ghoulish weaves of a creepy monster flick.

    October 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Detention delivers a stirring history lesson and an incisive commentary on the evils of authoritarianism, but its fractured and ride-the-rails ghost story does it no favors

    January 29, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • This game adaptation may be no fun for the characters forced to face each additional horror, but it offers viewers a supernatural thrill facing off against the most menacing ghosts of history.

    December 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • At its best, Detention feels like a great throwback to the Tartan era of extreme Asian horror imports from the '00s. When it really shines it feels like an exciting reinvention of iconic ghost stories that came before.

    November 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Where most video-game adaptations lean too heavily on the source material, Detention strays too far away, opting for a moody, non-captivating relationship drama over any sustained scares.

    October 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Adds up to a relatively enjoyable adaptation still miles above most other entries in the genre.

    October 21, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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