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An apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy starring Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Shanley Caswell, Detention follows the local students of Grizzly Lake as they survive their final year of high school. Bringing even more angst to student life, a slasher killer has chosen their high school as his new home of slaughter. It becomes a race against time to stop the killer, which will in turn save the world - if only they can get out of detention. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Neither good enough to impress as a meta mashup of horror and comedy, nor bad enough to hoot and throw popcorn at, it slides into a gray area of unfocused ideas and unrealized potential."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Here's another sardonic look at the hell of the American high school, where countless American filmmakers believe our souls are locked no matter how long it's been since we graduated."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Detention is unlike any teen slasher you've ever seen, or quite possibly will see. It's proof that fresh ideas and off the wall filmmaking are still a possibility in today's cinematic world."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"Detention is a hypnotic hipster acid trip - a brazenly irreverent jolt to the system that screams cult gem."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Its willingness to not only acknowledge but outright revel in its own shallowness is refreshing."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"It's hard not to admire the absolute commitment to a script that is very ambitious and totally bonkers in the plot department. And maybe its lack of focus is meant to reflect the scattered attention spans of its audience."
‑ Eric Melin,
"...too weird and too off-the-wall to become anything more than a mildly amusing curiosity."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The story makes little sense, but the rapid-fire jokes are amusing at times. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they miss. Just keep plugging away and the audience may laugh a time or two."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"There will be young moviegoers who proclaim this genius, and more stodgy audience members who find it torturous. If you're not tweeting and texting a combined 50 times or more per day, you're probably in the latter camp."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"The Breakfast Club meets Scream in self-consciously quirky teen horror comedy mash-up Detention - with elements of Freaky Friday, Donnie Darko and a string of other movies thrown into the pot too."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"I often fell in to the category of despising it but also kept dabbling in the area of admiration for being so unpredictable and original."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"An over-the-top film of boundless energy and if not empty voice then at least wholly scattershot imagination; full of robust but scrupulously manufactured eccentricities."
‑ Brent Simon,
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