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Detropia Reviews

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Katherine Monk
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
Jennifer Merin
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2012
A fascinating portrait of a 21st-century post-industrial hellscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Inga Saffron
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 18, 2012
A startling, haunting documentary about a once-great city, "Detropia" is all but a eulogy for Detroit.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 18, 2012
... will do little for Motor City tourism.
| Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
October 11, 2012
Detropia is a tone poem of a decaying city...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
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
Emanuel Levy
October 5, 2012
| Original Score: B+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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
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John Anderson
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
Kirk Honeycutt
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2012
The movie is heavy on statistics (all of them grim), yet what lingers is an operatic sense of tragedy.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2012
Via beautiful cinematography, the film wanders the city, contrasting a new automaker's towers with abandoned hotels, derelict theaters, ruined houses and people walking through the snow down the middle of streets because there's no traffic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 14, 2012
Grady and Ewing are exceptionally skilled and sensitive visual storytellers, adroit at recognizing decisive moments and smart enough to let viewers make of them what they will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 14, 2012
"Detropia" offers up a mirror to the country: This is what the future may look like. Now, what do you want to do about it?
Full Review | Original Score: B
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
September 11, 2012
Makes a telling case that Detroit has gone beyond recession to a full-blown Depression, just like the 1930s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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