Detention Reviews

  • (Detention movie review at New York Times)

    New York Times

  • In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.

    Nicolas Rapold — New York Times

  • The movie itself is never truly clear. If it's also never intentionally bad, its unintentional badness keeps blasting into shockingly clever places.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It's one of the most obnoxious movies ever made.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Some viewers will be understandably put off by its aggressive lack of focus, but Kahn is so excited about cramming in every idea that ultimately the originality trumps the obnoxiousness.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • What starts as a bracing rush quickly devolves into a deadening assault of stimuli.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • Here's another sardonic look at the hell of the American high school, where countless American filmmakers believe our souls are locked no matter how long it's been since we graduated.

    Farran Smith Nehme — New York Post

  • Neither good enough to impress as a meta mashup of horror and comedy, nor bad enough to hoot and throw popcorn at, it slides into a gray area of unfocused ideas and unrealized potential.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • ADHD take on the teen comedy incorporates slasher comedy and pop-culture obsession, and will entertain those it doesn't alienate.

    John DeFore — Hollywood Reporter

  • Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome.

    Richard Roeper — Richard

  • Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

  • Detention is unlike any teen slasher you've ever seen, or quite possibly will see. It's proof that fresh ideas and off the wall filmmaking are still a possibility in today's cinematic world.

    Matt Donato — We Got This Covered

  • It's hard not to admire the absolute commitment to a script that is very ambitious and totally bonkers in the plot department. And maybe its lack of focus is meant to reflect the scattered attention spans of its audience.

    Eric Melin —

  • The Breakfast Club meets Scream in self-consciously quirky teen horror comedy mash-up Detention - with elements of Freaky Friday, Donnie Darko and a string of other movies thrown into the pot too.

    Jason Best — Movie Talk

  • Detention is a hypnotic hipster acid trip - a brazenly irreverent jolt to the system that screams cult gem.

    R. L. Shaffer — IGN DVD

  • ...too weird and too off-the-wall to become anything more than a mildly amusing curiosity.

    David Nusair — Reel Film Reviews

  • I often fell in to the category of despising it but also kept dabbling in the area of admiration for being so unpredictable and original.

    Felix Vasquez Jr. — Cinema Crazed

  • Its willingness to not only acknowledge but outright revel in its own shallowness is refreshing.

    Jeremy Heilman —

  • The story makes little sense, but the rapid-fire jokes are amusing at times. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they miss. Just keep plugging away and the audience may laugh a time or two.

    Paul Chambers — CNNRadio

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