Detachment Synopsis
Teachers and administrators face personal and professional meltdowns at a struggling high school.
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NPR

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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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Adrien Brody deserves superlatives for his acting in the alternately mesmerizing and maddening Detachment.
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75

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...
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70

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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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Ultimately, Detachment invites us to feel precisely what it warns against – detached.
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60

Movieline

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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...
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40

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...
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25

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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Detachment

By leslikis
fantastic performances but the theme of the film was so dark...

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By michaeldj68
Haunting and full of sorrow, but there is a gleam of hope at the end. No solutions are presented for improving the public school system, but the film acts as a call to arms. The film is poetic and...

don't go, run.

By Esther-the-queen-sort-of
This is the best movie I have seen this year - and a very, very, very powerful "talkie" (in Tony Kaye's idiom): devastating and healing. Grounding. Generous. Don't get why critics did not get it -...

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Detachment

By felixasolis
Worth seeing it. Important....

Independent film-making has never been stronger or more powerful than Tony Kaye's "Detachment" starring Adrien Brody in a mesmerizing role.

By Dominic LeRose
A substitute teacher makes his way to a dysfunctional school in which kids are not diligent, bullying, drugs, and violence are common and hope is scarce. Adrien Brody gives the best performance of his...

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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Mature drama is more introspective than inspirational.
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