Detention Synopsis
Teens (Shanley Caswell, Josh Hutcherson) face terror from a killer who targets high-school students.
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Slant Magazine

High school students (the jocks, the brains, the princesses, the criminals, the basket cases), long the favored prey of serial killers,...
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70

New York Magazine (Vulture)

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You admire the movie for refusing to ever, ever slow down, but you also wonder what might have happened had Kahn dared to settle, even just...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Moves at an absurd pace and dares anyone above 25 to keep up, yet the stream of genre-hopping jokes and sight gags makes the movie an...
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie itself is never truly clear. If it's also never intentionally bad, its unintentional badness keeps blasting into shockingly...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's as if the TV character Dawson directed "Heathers," or another one, Parker Lewis, remade "Scream." Who'd have guessed that would be a...
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50

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Detention has a frenetic visual style that's fun and appealing in a lot of ways, but there are way too many elements fighting for...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The high school comedy/drama morphs into a slasher movie, then morphs into a time-traveling/body-switching/world's-about-to-end science...
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50

The New York Times

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Horror fans will probably grow impatient with the unevenly executed "Scream"-style self-awareness, and Mr. Kahn ultimately loses control of...
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38

New York Post

Detention does have imaginative editing and a stylish, candy-colored look - that is, so long as no one's vomiting, an activity that takes...
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20

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
From the auteur of "Torque" (2004) comes this instant headache: a panicky snark-schlock horror-comedy that reduces everything to a...
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I adore this film

By leahrandall
It's so weird, in the best way. It's also impossible to explain or describe - you have to see it for yourself. But you'll have tons of fun, I promise....

Strange but Excellent

By ElphabaWeasley
I really liked this film! Not gonna lie, it is VERY weird, but it's also really good! It's comedy, slasher, teen culture throughout like the last 20 -30 years, with some sci-fi and supernatural. R is...

A film for this generation!

By ValShizzle
This is a must go film! It's non-stop hilarious, you can't look away for a second without missing something. You will never be bored while watching this film. The reason the critics don't like...

I'm In!

By JustWatchTheMovie
Maybe..... it got a lot of crappy reviews so I'm a little scared now. And it's rated R for more than just language and violence. I'll admit..... I would only see this for Josh Hutcherson *blush* it's...

Run Away!!

By Desilu500
Oh so bad. Right from the first scene I knew we were in trouble but I hoped it would get better...it didn't. Not so bad to walk out but at least 4 others did. I see what the makers were going for and...

Oy but you'll get into it

By wisewords
I guess this film all depends on what kind of movie style you enjoy. It's a bit of a mess if you don't keep up from the start but once you get into it I think you'll enjoy the crazy ride!...

Unique, thrilling, and amazing!

By Alanjo
This movie is so cinegraphically unique and awesome. It will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole movie between the action, mistery, comedy, and horror. It's only rated R because of foul...

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More Info

Rated R | For Some Teen Drinking, Language, Bloody Violence, Drug Use, Crude and Sexual Content and Nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 17+ Bloody teen slasher ridicules genre's many stereotypes.
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