Detroit (2017)

From the Academy Award winning director of THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, DETROIT tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 4, 2017
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Detroit delivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

[Detroit] is a film that, for all its emotional power, is strangely disengaged from the cultural and systemic forces that led to police brutality in 1967 and continue to do so today.

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Thelma Adams
New York Observer

Reteaming Bigelow and Boal, Detroit lacks the clarity of their previous collaborations but the ambitious period drama maintains their power to disturb, and question what it is to be an American.

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Stefan Pape

A film that will leave you feeling empty, cold and angry, tinged with a sadness that derives from the staggering pertinence of the themes explored - and while that doesn't exactly sound appealing, this is essential viewing.

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Josephine Livingstone
The New Republic

The violence in Detroit is gratuitous simply because there is so much of it and it is so profoundly repugnant.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

This may be the point that racist violence reduces its victims to an atrocious nothingness. But the unrelenting atrocity, so lacking in dramatic or emotional modulation, becomes numbing.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

even if Detroit doesn't quite live up to expectations, it certainly succeeds in reminding us that some old wounds never quite heal and we desperately need to recognize why lest they infect the entire body politic forever

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Bigelow doesn't have as original, as distinctive, as reflective a sense of cinematic drama as the extraordinary subject matter of "Detroit" requires.

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John Semley
Globe and Mail

Somewhere between a Straw Dogs-style "survive the night" home invasion narrative, Milgram experiment moral problem play and racial torture porn.

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Emma Simmonds
The List

Who knows whether there will ever be a time where the lives of black Americans seem like they actually matter, but it is the duty of filmmakers as formidable as Bigelow to keep reminding us they should.

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