Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 17, 2012
    60
    The shriller its didacticism, the more unhinged it becomes. But even at its most ludicrous - when it is shouting into your ear - its sheer audacity grabs your attention.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 15, 2012
    60
    Comes across like the creation of a precocious student. I don't mean that to be a damning critique, though Detachment is a mesmerizing misfire -- it's just that it has the uncomplicated earnestness and hyperbolic melodrama of teenage poetry.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 15, 2012
    40
    It's nice to see righteous anger in a movie. If only the education drama Detachment knew what to do with it.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 13, 2012
    40
    The movie is one big scream, clichéd and hardly credible as an oblique call to civility.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 12, 2012
    40
    Scripter Lund, himself an ex-teacher, delivers a story that lacks nuance, and mixes badly with Kaye's impatient edits, Dutch angles and extreme close-ups.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 17, 2012
    7
    Adrien Brody's performance is very good, and the movie ends up being an inspiring drama.
  2. Jul 21, 2012
    9
    Superb movie with great messages for the US education system (and the worldwide one, too) !! A must for parents, students and professionalSuperb movie with great messages for the US education system (and the worldwide one, too) !! A must for parents, students and professional teachers. Also, proof that small budget films are usually much much better than their blockbusters cousins. Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2013
    10
    Adrien Brody was fantastic as the frazzled teacher trying to live despite the world seemingly going mad around him. Sami Gayle was alsoAdrien Brody was fantastic as the frazzled teacher trying to live despite the world seemingly going mad around him. Sami Gayle was also impressive as Erica.
    Despite the rather depressing subject matter, the quality acting made it so believable and Henry so endearing that I have fallen in love with this film.
    Brilliant!
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