Detachment

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  • Summary: Henry Barthes is a substitute teacher who conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues. A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, Henry finds himself at a public school where an apathetic studentHenry Barthes is a substitute teacher who conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues. A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, Henry finds himself at a public school where an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration. Inadvertently becoming a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen who is just as lost as he is, Henry finds that he’s not alone in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world. (Tribeca Film) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Mar 12, 2012
    80
    It is the greatest biblio-climax of any film since "Fahrenheit 451," although Truffaut's prayer was that reading might yet survive calamity and carry the torch of the civilized. Detachment snufffs out that faith; books it warns us, are the first thing to go. [19 March 2012, p.91]
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 15, 2012
    75
    Adrien Brody deserves superlatives for his acting in the alternately mesmerizing and maddening Detachment.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 22, 2012
    70
    A movie you keep expecting to fizzle because of its punching-the-air gracelessness, but there's something weirdly effective about the artistic desperation, which includes inserts of chalkboard animation and to-the-camera testimonials.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 13, 2012
    40
    The movie is one big scream, clichéd and hardly credible as an oblique call to civility.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 16, 2012
    38
    [Director Kaye's] dedication to the material is admirable, but his tactic of following one dismal development with an even more depressing one comes to seem monotonous and pointless.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Mar 11, 2012
    25
    Endng in risible bathos, Tony Kaye's urban high school melodrama is all about the cute teacher's crises and the girls who love him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 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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  2. Mar 22, 2016
    10
    Detachment is not a movie or drama that you watch only! "each movie is a life", but do you use this sentence for all the movies which are onDetachment is not a movie or drama that you watch only! "each movie is a life", but do you use this sentence for all the movies which are on screen? absolutely no! Detachment is a lost part of our life. all the characters in this movie make a man, a human! This is movie about morality or high morality! It's Tony Kaye's never land. It is our surreal world among this bloody real world. Sometimes, I'm Henry, who is building his personality again. Sometimes, I'm Meredith, who is mixed up and need someone to be a permanent solution for her. somebody, after watching, maybe say that this is not a film. it is an exaggeration! This existentialist world does not belong to this world, especially American world. Well, I said this is Tony Kaye talkie. This is a dream world in his mind who thinks a better world among this corrupted real world. Who said that you must think all the characters are real and they are beside us? No, They our other moral parts!
    Detachment is not a lesson from a director. No, It just wants to show that you will be this if you want to be this.
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  3. 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. Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2012
    8
    La educación es una de las grandes esferas de la estructura social y siempre se relaciona con la otra base, la familia. Hoy ambasLa educación es una de las grandes esferas de la estructura social y siempre se relaciona con la otra base, la familia. Hoy ambas están en crisis y genera fenómenos de todo tipo. La denuncia o la simple mirada de la transformación que se vive hoy en la escuela, hace que la reflexión y el legado que se está dejando no auguren un buen futuro. Detachment es una película contundente que llega a confrontar el rol que todo espectador ejerce en esta sociedad, pasivo o activo, estudiante o padre, comprometido o no con un entorno cada vez más salvaje para las nuevas generaciones.
    Ver más en: http://cineplacebos.webnode.es/news/dando-clases-de-insatisfaccion/
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  5. Jul 21, 2013
    8
    Possibly one of the most underrated movies in 2012. "Detachment" gave an honest though a little too pessimistic at times insight into thePossibly one of the most underrated movies in 2012. "Detachment" gave an honest though a little too pessimistic at times insight into the complexity of how people cope with life's own complexity. With great performances from the cast, especially Oscar winner Adrien Brody and newcomer Sami Gayle and creative,story telling, "Detachment" is something really different and worth watching from the mixture of shallow scripted movies we are bombarded with in recent times. Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2013
    7
    Altho the film is a nearly relentless downer, the acting is terrific. All that makes my rating so low is that an awful lot of what theAltho the film is a nearly relentless downer, the acting is terrific. All that makes my rating so low is that an awful lot of what the characters do makes little sense since we don't know who they are or what their story is. That being said, is it worth watching? Very much so, you might even leave with a pinch of hopefulness. Expand
  7. Mar 17, 2012
    7
    Adrien Brody's performance is very good, and the movie ends up being an inspiring drama.

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