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Detention Reviews



Genre :

Horror, Comedy

Release Date :

April 13, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Joseph Kahn

Starring :

Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Allison Paige, Aaron David Johnson, Walter Perez

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 5

“..there's just too much of everything-snarkily translated texts, meta commentary, Scream jokes-to come together as a cohesive narrative..”
by Sandie Angulo Chen [Common Sense Media]
5 of 5

“..there are also plenty of sex jokes, vomit and exploding heads. It's not all highbrow..”
by Fred Topel [Crave Online]
“..the film offers a nonstop assault of stimulation - it's hard to imagine anyone would notice the distraction..”
by Peter Hartlaub [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..that description implies a fuller sense of reality than can be found in this self-financed film's fractured matrix..”
by Nicolas Rapold [New York Times]
2.5 of 4

“..sort of like The Breakfast Club meets Donnie Darko, except without a hint of subtlety..”
by Michael C. Walsh [Boston Phoenix]
3 of 5

“..packing the movie with an endless supply of '80s and '90s jokes..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
1 of 4

“..it all comes back to a detention class where teen stereotypes are celebrated and slaughtered, often simultaneously and always snarkily..”
by John Hartl [Seattle Times]
1.5 of 4

“..have imaginative editing and a stylish, candy-colored look-that is, so long as no one's vomiting..”
by Farran Smith Nehme [New York Post]
2.5 of 4

“..for 20 minutes, i's one of the worst movies I've ever seen..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
1.5 of 5

“..exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over..”
by Robert Abele [Los Angeles Times]
“..combines the bravura mash-up showmanship and Wikipedic '90s pop-culture savvy of a Girl Talk album with the frivolous..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]
4 of 5

“..certainly lacks focus, eccentrically digresses wildly and should have edited out some out-there evolutions..”
by Adam Fendelman [HollywoodChicago.com]

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