Detroit Reviews

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March 15, 2021
Detroit is a pulse-pounding, shocking, and poignant film, that becomes even more sad when you realize that after 50 years, we still have not come far from this fateful night in the motor city.
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 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.
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.
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 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 18, 2019
Essential viewing, and nearly impossible to watch.
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 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.
August 9, 2019
Brilliant in all its aspects - from realization to its overwhelming performances. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 5, 2019
Whether or not [Kathyrn] Bigelow and [Mark] Boal should have been the people to tell this story, what is up on the screen, at least for the middle third, is a breathtaking film experience that is incredibly affecting.
June 4, 2019
A merciless and all too vital portrait of a conflict that is unfortunately still with us today.
April 26, 2019
Detroit offers a remarkable portrait of an event 50 years ago, famous then but largely forgotten now.
April 24, 2019
Harrowing.
March 11, 2019
All the acting is top notch.
February 28, 2019
It's a tough watch, and catharsis is only delivered in tiny, occasional batches, always tempered with anxiety, but Detroit is a vital, exhilarating, and terrifying snapshot of a history that remains all too relevant.
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