• Matthew Rice

    ★★★½ Watched by Matthew Rice 24 Nov, 2014

    There seems to be a lot of films like this about these days - what I would class as misery-porn. Everybody is sad, depressed, confused, conflicted, self absorbed, etc and yes, while those emotions DO exist in us all, when that's all a film narrows in on, you don't feel like you get a rounded portrayal of reality. Detachment does it better than most as it still gives you glimmers to hang on to but why does EVERY character have…

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  • Brian J. "Tyrannorabbit" Wright

    ★★★ Watched by Brian J. "Tyrannorabbit" Wright 22 Nov, 2014

    School-system drama that's got good performances and earnestness in spades. Actually it's got everything in spades, that's kind of its problem - Tony Kaye throws every film stock, editing style, bit part with a huge untold story, and narrative trick in the book at you, and still puts in animation and talking-head narration from characters and non-characters alike. This is like five movies crushed down into 97 minutes.

    For the most part it's unsentimental and kind of punishing, seeing awful…

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  • Adrian Zachow

    ★★★½ Watched by Adrian Zachow 22 Nov, 2014

    With little doubt, being a substitute high school teacher must be one of the worst jobs on earth, if going by my own personal observations of my high school years. Detachment paints precisely that picture, as it follows a melancholy sub (Adrien Brody) into a school run by neurotic teachers and attended by students with a multitude of issues, at the same time as he assumes the risk of taking under his protective wing an underage hooker (Sami Gayle), and…

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  • travis_bickle76

    ★★★ Watched by travis_bickle76 18 Nov, 2014

    Adrien Brody is a substitute teacher (Henry Barthes) in what seems to be the worst school since James Belushi entered Brandel High in the Principal. The kids don't seem quite as bad however. Barthes has support from James Caan and Christina Hendricks (the hottest teacher ever). A side story sees Barthes caught between setting an underage prostitute on the right side of the road and caring for his terminal ill grandfather.

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  • John Rambone

    ★★★★ Added by John Rambone

    Tony Kaye make more movies!

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  • Collette

    Added by Collette

    I don't know how to feel about this film. On one hand, Adrien Brody does an amazing job, but on the other: the script seemed only surface level, and the shots were almost entirely Close-ups or POV. Maybe that was the point, but if it was I don't think it worked out very well.

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  • Kev.

    ★★★★½ Watched by Kev. 05 Nov, 2014

    A profoundly moving and indelibly depressing experience, Detachment is an extremely powerful film that I won't forget for a great while. Adrien Brody gives one of the best performances of his career, and newcomer Sami Gayle is a revelation. I loved it.

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  • Dennis O'Connor

    ★★½ Watched by Dennis O'Connor 30 Oct, 2014

    Some of it's dramatic moments hit really hard but some of them also just feel either forced or incomplete. It has a different style of film making which creates a good sense of realism but it also takes away from some of the messages that Detachment tries to employ.

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  • Matt Thomas

    ★★★ Rewatched by Matt Thomas 24 Oct, 2014

    Not an easy film to enjoy, but Kaye holds things together very well and Brody gives a strong, compassionate performance.

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  • Koner

    ★★★★½ Watched by Koner 01 Oct, 2014

    Adrian, BRO you DY such a good job.

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  • MrPootytang

    ★★★★½ Watched by MrPootytang 01 Oct, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Alice Bishop

    Watched by Alice Bishop 25 Sep, 2014

    Going into this film with the expectation that it was a high school drama I was surprised at how resolutely it became a tale of anger and despair.

    If you remove all of the scenes where characters are shouting at each other there would be next to no footage left. Insolent kids and arrogant teachers play games in miscommunication as they battle to be heard. This is unfortunately at the expense of a nurturing environment to ease the viewer into.…

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