'Detention' Critic Reviews

79%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
38%
Rotten Tomatoes:   45 reviews
  • New York Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nicolas Rapold New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    The movie itself is never truly clear. If it's also never intentionally bad, its unintentional badness keeps blasting into shockingly clever places.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It's one of the most obnoxious movies ever made.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    What starts as a bracing rush quickly devolves into a deadening assault of stimuli.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Farran Smith Nehme New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    ADHD take on the teen comedy incorporates slasher comedy and pop-culture obsession, and will entertain those it doesn't alienate.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    30
    Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Donato We Got This Covered
    90
    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.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    90
    Detention is a hypnotic hipster acid trip - a brazenly irreverent jolt to the system that screams cult gem.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...too weird and too off-the-wall to become anything more than a mildly amusing curiosity.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeremy Heilman MovieMartyr.com
    68
    Its willingness to not only acknowledge but outright revel in its own shallowness is refreshing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Paul Chambers CNNRadio
    25
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    20
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shockya.com
    34
    An over-the-top film of boundless energy and if not empty voice then at least wholly scattershot imagination; full of robust but scrupulously manufactured eccentricities.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Fred Topel CraveOnline
    0
    If you're a film lover who watches movies all the time, it's nice to have a film or two out there that elevates the craft of watching a movie. I know I need to go to the next level sometimes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Roeper ReelzChannel.com
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg FEARnet
    30
    A migraine-inducing endurance test.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael C. Walsh Boston Phoenix
    63
    Sort of like The Breakfast Club meets Donnie Darko, except without a hint of subtlety.
    Full Review » 2 years ago