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Detropia Reviews

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January 8, 2018
Ewing and Grady give you the numbers in Detropia. They give you the ruins, too-richly photographed by Tony Hardmon and Craig Atkinson and astonishingly well edited by Enat Sidi-but their main interest is far from prurient.
February 28, 2013
Detropia is everything you think it's going to be: educational, emotional and highly depressing. Yet, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing's documentary portrait of Detroit, America's noted city of industry, is not a static picture of decay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 14, 2013
Bleak but aesthetically quenching documentary on how the once great industrial city of Detroit has in modern times become a car wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 16, 2012
A hard-hitting yet lyrical documentary about the current economic woes of once prosperous Detroit, an iconic American city.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 30, 2012
A sobering, sentimental journey through crumbling Detroit -- but one lacking any real intellectual punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2012
The film at its best is a sort of visual essay or tone poem composed of haunting, paradoxically beautiful images of urban ruin that sometimes appears almost post-apocalyptic...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2012
A fascinating portrait of a 21st-century post-industrial hellscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 1, 2012
Detropia's filmmakers stay out of the picture, hanging back to allow the viewer to absorb the meaning of Detroit's fate. It is even more complex than we thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2012
A startling, haunting documentary about a once-great city, "Detropia" is all but a eulogy for Detroit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2012
... will do little for Motor City tourism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2012
Detropia is a tone poem of a decaying city...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 9, 2012
Grady and Ewing, employing the observational, often visually poetic style that has become their trademark, capture this city at a crossroads.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 4, 2012
Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Oscar-nominated for their earlier Jesus Camp, aim a compassionate and artful lens in their new documentary Detropia, finding signs of life in the ruined city.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2012
City services are shutting down, schools are closing, houses are being demo'd by the thousands - like lights being turned out one by one, "Detropia" powerfully captures a city fighting not to go dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2012
Artfully - perhaps too artfully - illustrates the transformation of the Motor City from a middle-class utopia to an urban nightmare of blight, crime and fleeing residents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 27, 2012
Just as the film finds an aesthetic in its dilapidated setting, the city's residents find hope in a desperate place, a place that once represented hope itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 26, 2012
'Detropia' is a tone poem, an impressionistic mosaic that gives you a sense of the city and a pandemic of pessimism that challenges those who elect to stay.
Full Review | Original Score: 9
September 23, 2012
The dreamlike visual approach makes for undeniably good cinema but as a meaningful examination of why Detroit unraveled, what it's facing, and where it might go, it's woefully inadequate portraiture.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 21, 2012
The movie is heavy on statistics (all of them grim), yet what lingers is an operatic sense of tragedy.
September 20, 2012
"Detropia" feels somewhere between loose (which is good) and aimless (which isn't).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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