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September 24, 2012
What an emotional performance by Brody. This film is profoundly moving, evoking strong empathy in the viewer for both teachers and students in the failing educational system that are American schools.
March 23, 2012
A must see. One of Brody's best ever.
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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. Full Review
People will either love Detachment or hate it, and either way it provides powerful testimony to the unrivaled passion and undiminished craft of director Kaye, whose notoriety in the film industry is matched by his near-total invisibility to the general public. Full Review
The New Yorker
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] Full Review
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. Full Review
Nobody's idea of "Mr. Holland's Opus," but it winds up in a similar place, more or less. Full Review