Detachment (2012)

In Director Tony Kaye's Detachment, Adrien Brody stars as Henry Barthes, an educator with a true talent to connect with his students. Yet Henry has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 16, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Detachment's heart is in the right place, but overall it doesn't offer any solutions to its passionate ranting.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A loud, grating wallow in dime-store despair.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

There's something weirdly effective about the artistic desperation, which includes inserts of chalkboard animation and to-the-camera testimonials.

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Cory Everett
The Playlist

A bizarre, well intentioned mess, at the very least, Detachment is never dull...even as the film is bad, it's compulsively watchable.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The film is guilty of reverse sentimentality, where the relentless unhappiness comes to seem as manufactured and artificial as the schmaltz in a romcom.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

Everywhere you turn in Detachment, someone is trying to make you feel like hell.

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Ashley Norris

It's a film so well paced with a message so relevant that it deserves an audience bigger than what it got and it deserves more of an emotional impact than will resonant throughout.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Detachment gets an A for enthusiasm but a C for execution.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Detachment gets to you. It hits hard.

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Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

While Adrien Brody gives it his all in his performance, the film suffers greatly from an attempt to equalize its multiple plotlines.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
So well-paced, well-executed, and helming one of the most needed stories in such a long time, "Detachment" is the type of film that is right up my… More
Mark Walker
Having been a big fan of "American History X" in 1998, I was eager to see what else director Tony Kaye had in store. Unfortunately, he didn't… More
Michael S
A dark chronicling of the sad state of the American Public School System, through the eyes of a long-term substitute teacher (Adrien Brody), wrestling his own… More
Saskia D.
Adrien Brody doesn't really do it for me. That tormented look, which suited this movie perfectly, gets old after a while. And Lucy Liu? What a bore.. Her… More
Cynthia S.
I found this film depressing, and overall just empty. It is non-stop gloom and doom, and it seems each person is having major issues: from the students, to the… More
Al S
An intense, in-depth, heart-wrenching, and chracter driven piece into the world of teachers who have almost literally given up trying to make a difference and… More