Detroit Reviews

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August 27, 2020
In the end, what cripples Bigelow's Detroit are its false conceptions.
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.
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.
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?
September 26, 2019
In the end, it comes off as a stylish but lightweight exercise. This story deserved more.
November 1, 2018
How many more times do we need to glorify black pain? And to what end?
October 31, 2018
The narrative lacks the dimension and insight to render the otherwise thinly-sketched characters as more than players in a well-meaning torture show built to generate somber outrage and not much else.
August 28, 2018
Its stumbles don't fully take away the film's potency, but they certainly showcase its missed opportunities.
June 13, 2018
Look fam: there is something sadist in the obligation to give hours of your time over to something in the name of being seen as reasonable or fair, of being painstakingly careful with getting it right.
February 8, 2018
It is a film that keeps the facts and scarcely tears the human content. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 10, 2017
In one of the darkest moments I've experienced in a cinema for some time, I caught myself wondering whether the horror shown is so detailed, so unremitting, that white supremacists might actually enjoy watching it.
November 2, 2017
[Director Kathryn Bigelow's] forte doesn't serve this film's full ambition as a statement about American racism and a testimony of the suffering of its victims.
October 14, 2017
While Detroit is very good at making you feel things, it's less good at telling a complete story. The film almost feels unfinished.
October 4, 2017
The film is certain to divide opinion but, for me, what goes wrong is an over-slow pace, a rambling storyline that doesn't make enough sense and the presence of two British actors in this most American of stories.
September 22, 2017
Detroit, however, suggests [director Kathryn Bigelow] - and her current screenwriter - still can't quite tell the difference between an impactful film and an important one.
September 1, 2017
It's an ambitious start that's slowly-but-surely diminished by Boal's unfocused, padded-out screenplay...
August 27, 2017
It feels like an opportunity wasted.
August 25, 2017
Bigelow's desire to highlight this still-too-relevant tale of police brutality and racism is admirable; however, there's a difference between commenting on horrific violence and merely shoving it under a spotlight.
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