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Based on 18 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    We are left to ponder whether this nightmare might be a harbinger of America's economic prospects. And that is a scary thought indeed. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    What the movie captures overall looks like a scene from a sci-fi, postapocalyptic nightmare. show more

  • 50
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    More impressionistic than enlightening, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Detropia introduces us to some interesting citizens of Detroit and gives them a welcome opportunity to speak for themselves, but reveals little we don't already know. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The oddly beautiful documentary made by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Gray is subtler and richer than its blunt title suggests. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Detropia offers no solution to this crisis, and indeed there may be none. This documentary is more eulogy and elegy. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    That Detropia won't be just another well-reported urban obituary is clear from the film's arresting opening moments. show more

  • 63
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    The title is an imagined word to describe a hard-to-imagine (but very real) place. Combine "Detroit" and "dystopia" (the opposite of utopia) and Detropia is what you get. show more

  • 50
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    Seems to be looking for answers, but the ones it finds are too close to the surface to be satisfying. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Imagine if Frederick Wiseman and David Lynch had a bastard child, and you'll get a sense of the movie's off-kilter aesthetic, a potent and pointed mix of firsthand observation and surreal flights of fancy. show more

  • 70
    Arizona Republic

    Despite its emotional coldness, the film still manages to end on a note of something like hope. show more

  • August 31, 2012 cassave
    Report This User

    Depressing inacurate look at Detroit that misses all the great things happening here Detroit is Alive, Well and Back contrary to how it is portrayed in this movie Very well done cinematography.

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