'Detention' Critic Reviews

79%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
38%
Rotten Tomatoes:   45 reviews
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    Once you get past the movie's rough beginnings and adjust to its goofy spirit and episodic randomness, Detention becomes a good deal of fun.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle
    50
    There will be young moviegoers who proclaim this genius, and more stodgy audience members who find it torturous. If you're not tweeting and texting a combined 50 times or more per day, you're probably in the latter camp.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Adam Fendelman HollywoodChicago.com
    80
    Kahn's fast-paced, Aaron Sorkin-like "Detention" deserves cult-hit status. Just as "The Social Network" embodies our Facebook culture, this SXSW film-festival favorite rewrites today's high school movie bible.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    25
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  • Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media
    40
    Bloody teen slasher ridicules genre's many stereotypes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    0
    It's as if someone vomited pastel-hued nostalgia. I must apologize for that statement: Pastel vomit would take some effort to produce.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Hartl Seattle Times
    25
    Resembles a movie less than it suggests an evening of determined, incoherent channel-hopping - with the help of a remote control that's apparently stuck on "random."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    38
    Desperately strives for the smarts and fun that The Cabin in the Woods achieves through good ideas, not relentless attitude.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    25
    Joseph Kahn directs his movie like a ADD kid with a hammer and a xylophone. "Detention" just wears you out.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nathan Rabin AV Club
    50
    Detention suffers from a giddy overabundance of ideas rather than a dearth.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Connie Ogle Miami Herald
    50
    Somebody somewhere forgot that a film needs a streamlined story to make visual chaos palatable.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Sobczynski eFilmCritic.com
    20
    This is a film with enough ideas to fuel five different movies and not a single one of them is any good.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    20
    The whole thing comes off like 200 commercials smashed together, selling you your own obsolescence.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    75
    An overstuffed but ridiculously fun and gleefully original concoction. "Detention" should earn major "cult hit" status if for no other reason than for its fierce, unflinching juggling of genres and conventions.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justine Elias Slant Magazine
    75
    Joseph Kahn funded this sharp looking, ultra low-budget indie with his own savings, and you get the feeling that he's going for broke in every sense.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gabe Toro The Playlist
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Drew McWeeny HitFix
    75
    ... a mash-up of 'Weird Science' and 'Heathers,' madly infatuated with '80s teen films and horror conventions, and paced just right for a generation that digests information 140 characters at a time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anton Bitel Little White Lies
    hilariously dissects a new class of teenagers in a world of rapidly shifting reference points and values, where they must piece together their identity from an infinity of retro-cultural models and obscure Wiki data no more than a mouse click away
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rob Hunter Film School Rejects
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Fred Topel Screen Junkies
    There's such a celebratory spirit to the whole thing, I adore this movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago