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Detropia Reviews

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
September 2, 2012
Detropia seems to be looking for answers, but the ones it finds are too close to the surface to be satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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+
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Mike Scott
November 30, 2012
A sobering, sentimental journey through crumbling Detroit -- but one lacking any real intellectual punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2012
Doc about Detroit's state of abandonment offers snapshots and sounds but little new information.
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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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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2012
A fascinating portrait of a 21st-century post-industrial hellscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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Sam Adams
AV Club
September 6, 2012
At times, as Ewing and Grady's cameras prowl its empty streets, the city seems like the world's largest ghost town.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 6, 2012
The brilliance with this one is pretty subtle, which ought to make it a film you want to watch over and over again.
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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
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
Robert Levin
September 7, 2012
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady evoke the human heart of the economic malaise that's eating away at the core of this country, while pointing the way toward better days ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
September 4, 2012
Beautifully composed and purposefully edited to a haunting electronic score ...
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
September 6, 2012
... something of a tone poem soaked in the blues
Sarah Boslaugh
October 11, 2012
Detropia is a tone poem of a decaying city...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kam Williams
July 21, 2012
A simultaneously surrealistic and sobering warning that the Motor City's host of woes might be coming soon to a town near you!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 6, 2012
What the movie captures overall looks like a scene from a sci-fi, postapocalyptic nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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