November 16, 2017
Detroit is vivid and it is demanding, designed to shake you out of complacency.
November 10, 2017
The motel sequence is so suspenseful that it's a shame that what follows is so perfunctory.
November 8, 2017
It's not an easy film to watch but Bigelow's control over every aspect ensures it's utterly convincing.
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 4, 2017
What might be most characteristic of Bigelow is the eerie feeling that the police are halfway 'acting out', performing their brutality.
August 31, 2017
It is a harrowing, relentless and intensely angry movie. As it should be.
August 28, 2017
It's an admirably worthy project, but not nearly as worthy of your time as it ought to be.
August 27, 2017
As a wake-up call to a nation, it is tense, tough and terrifyingly timely.
August 25, 2017
Detroit becomes a kind of neo-Gothic horror story.
August 24, 2017
Detroit comes out of its corner slugging and barely stops. By the end the viewer has a swollen eye, ringing ears and a conviction that the referee should have stopped the fight.
August 24, 2017
Each actor inhabits their role with a precision and mettle that means even in the depths of confusion, the complex group dynamics are easy to read.
August 23, 2017
In its own polemical way, it is very powerful filmmaking but, as storytelling, it is one-dimensional. There is too much "docu" here and not enough drama.
August 18, 2017
The interminable central act, dramatizing the events at the Algiers [Motel], overflows with impotent rage and horror.
August 17, 2017
[Detroit] is a film that, for all its emotional power, is strangely disengaged from the cultural and systemic forces that led to police brutality in 1967 and continue to do so today.
August 10, 2017
Bigelow is too talented a director to make a film this unsubtle. Detroit is a classic of example of: Just because you can do something, that doesn't mean you should.
August 8, 2017
The violence in Detroit is gratuitous simply because there is so much of it and it is so profoundly repugnant.
August 7, 2017
For Black Americans, the events of Detroit '67 are not the events of a 'dramatic thriller.' They are the events of a tragedy and still-living history we know very well.