September 25, 2020
Detroit is the culmination of superb performances and intense editing and cinematography under the calculating yet naturalistic guidance of a master director.
August 27, 2020
In the end, what cripples Bigelow's Detroit are its false conceptions.
August 26, 2020
Detroit understands the technical mechanics of the brutality, going as far to explain what that judgement feels like using Carl (Jason Mitchell) as an example. But the psychological fear is where it slightly underperformed.
July 23, 2020
Detroit is not a movie that cares about the issues tied to ending Black lives; it's a movie that's interested in beating and shooting Black bodies.
July 2, 2020
It is definitely pacing and editing that are the biggest flaws here, the narrative structure just seems to go haywire in the second half. It feels at least twice as long as it actually is and this is a disservice to the real people involved.
June 30, 2020
Detroit is one of the best and most important films of the year. It's the kind of film that will not only make you think, but also make you angry ... this sort of injustice could ever have happened ... [and] is still relevant, fifty years after the fact.
May 12, 2020
Detroit is as incendiary, pulse-pounding, relevant, and essential a work as you are likely to see this year, and it's easily one of the best films of the year.
March 30, 2020
After watching Detroit, emotionally-depleted and politically-agitated moviegoers are guaranteed to stumble out of the theatre feeling woke - I'm not so sure about entertained.
March 24, 2020
Kudos to Bigelow/Boal for traversing such troubled waters, even if the product, in my estimation, is all bite and little substance.
February 19, 2020
The rage pulsing throughout this movie is one that can spark conversation, engage brain synapses, even cause change. The question is, how much do we want to change, and how many more Algiers will we endure?
January 10, 2020
You'll see a well-made piece of cinema from one of the best auteur directors in Hollywood, but is the trauma worth the cost of admission?
January 7, 2020
Though there's still plenty in the film that should be lauded - the saturated and claustrophobic cinematography, and potent performances from most of the cast, for instance - it's a film that should be watched with a disclaimer.
November 12, 2019
Overall, Detroit paints a grim and upsetting picture on civil rights in the 1960s, but one that needs to be depicted for modern audiences. Through Bigelow's direction and a standout performance from Poulter, it needs to be seen to be believed.
October 10, 2019
Lacks a certain sense of complexity beyond its obvious relation to contemporary American issues. As it stands, this may be Bigelow's most notable effort to date, but isn't as finely wrought as one might expect.
September 30, 2019
Despite its many flaws, Detroit is essential viewing, at the very least for keeping the conversation about race going in a country where bigoted behavior is validated.
September 26, 2019
In the end, it comes off as a stylish but lightweight exercise. This story deserved more.
September 19, 2019
It's like a frightening roller coaster ride.
September 2, 2019
Detroit has this 12 Years a Slave quality to it. The film is absolutely compelling from start to finish, but it enrages you and continues to poke and irritate you until you're in a livid state by the end of the film.