• Released
  • September 7, 2012
  • (Limited, 10/12 Expands L.A.)
  • NR , 1 hr 30 min
  • Documentary
88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The oddly beautiful documentary made by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Gray is subtler and richer than its blunt title suggests.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
What the movie captures overall looks like a scene from a sci-fi, postapocalyptic nightmare.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Imagine if Frederick Wiseman and David Lynch had a bastard child, and you'll get a sense of the movie's off-kilter aesthetic, a potent and pointed mix of firsthand observation and surreal flights of fancy.
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75

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
That Detropia won't be just another well-reported urban obituary is clear from the film's arresting opening moments.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Detropia offers no solution to this crisis, and indeed there may be none. This documentary is more eulogy and elegy.
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70

Arizona Republic

Despite its emotional coldness, the film still manages to end on a note of something like hope.
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63

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The title is an imagined word to describe a hard-to-imagine (but very real) place. Combine "Detroit" and "dystopia" (the opposite of utopia) and Detropia is what you get.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
Seems to be looking for answers, but the ones it finds are too close to the surface to be satisfying.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
More impressionistic than enlightening, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Detropia introduces us to some interesting citizens of Detroit and gives them a welcome opportunity to speak for themselves, but reveals little we don't already know.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

We are left to ponder whether this nightmare might be a harbinger of America's economic prospects. And that is a scary thought indeed.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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