By Ella Taylor
Nobody's idea of "Mr. Holland's Opus," but it winds up in a similar place, more or less.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Adrien Brody deserves superlatives for his acting in the alternately mesmerizing and maddening Detachment.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
When it stays in the classroom, Detachment is a scrappy testament - to the futility of even trying to reach students who are cut off from the possibilities of knowledge, and to the way that our teachers are slowly being driven nuts.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Adrien Brody, delivering his finest performance since "The Pianist," plays the central role of the disaffected Henry Barthes.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Ultimately, Detachment invites us to feel precisely what it warns against – detached.
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Comes across like the creation of a precocious student. I don't mean that to be a damning critique, though Detachment is a mesmerizing misfire -- it's just that it has the uncomplicated earnestness and hyperbolic melodrama of teenage poetry.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
It's nice to see righteous anger in a movie. If only the education drama Detachment knew what to do with it.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
[Director Kaye's] dedication to the material is admirable, but his tactic of following one dismal development with an even more depressing one comes to seem monotonous and pointless.
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Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
Endng in risible bathos, Tony Kaye's urban high school melodrama is all about the cute teacher's crises and the girls who love him.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The movie has an undeniable visceral power. It is also a loud, grating wallow in dime-store despair, a cheap and hollow button-puncher.
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52 out of 100
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