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Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden
Mar 16, 2012
Unrated, 1 hr. 40 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Lucy Liu, Christina Hendricks, Betty Kaye, Tim Blake Nelson, Bryan Cranston, Louis Zorich, Blythe Danner
Director: Tony Kaye
Rated: Unrated
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Mar 16, 2012
DVD Release: Sep 18, 2012
Synopsis: In Director Tony Kaye's Detachment, Adrien Brody stars as Henry Barthes, an educator with a true talent to connect with his students. Yet Henry has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues. When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry soon becomes a role model to the disaffected youth. In finding an unlikely emotional connection to the students, teachers, and a runaway teen he takes in from the streets, Henry realizes that he's not alone in his life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world. -- (C) Tribeca Film

Critic Reviews

  • Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
    A loud, grating wallow in dime-store despair.
  • Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
    The film is guilty of reverse sentimentality, where the relentless unhappiness comes to seem as manufactured and artificial as the schmaltz in a romcom.
  • Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
    Detachment gets an A for enthusiasm but a C for execution.
  • Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
    There's something weirdly effective about the artistic desperation, which includes inserts of chalkboard animation and to-the-camera testimonials.
  • Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
    Everywhere you turn in Detachment, someone is trying to make you feel like hell.
  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    Detachment gets to you. It hits hard.
  • Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
    It wants to be an expose of the pervasive horrors of modern life. Instead, it just forces us to detach as well.
  • Kyle Smith, New York Post
    "Detachment" quickly gets stuck in its own world-weariness.
  • Stephen Holden, New York Times
    Even at its most ludicrous - when it is shouting into your ear - its sheer audacity grabs your attention.
  • Ella Taylor, NPR
    [Brody] is undermined by a bloated script (from Carl Lund, a former public-school teacher) that lumbers him with bloviating asides about how we have failed our children.
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