Detachment (2011) - Drama

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A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Tony Kaye
Stars: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 19 out of 140 found boring (13.57%)

One-line Reviews (47)

Unoriginal, predictable, melodramatic yet dull.

Yes, there are a couple of "predictable" story lines.

i also think the blackboard illustrations are well fitted but really movies should really try to not accentuating so heavily on the faces(I've seen quiet a few of them doing super close-ups on the faces, whether to catch their minimal facial expression changes or just for visual pleasures), for one that we started to not buy the story that Adrian with face will stuck in a substitute teacher like that and getting hurt, for two its bit of a cliché these days

how empty have we become that we cannot expect someone to help out of honest interest for his fellow man...

Sure, there's heaps of melodrama, people throwing things, kids being all aggro, ridiculous dialogue and sub-plots, but it's fairly empty.

It is gripping too, how will it end, will the lives and problems all be sorted?

A stunning collection of acclaimed acting talent including Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Blythe Danner and William Peterson are uniformly wasted in this miserable mess.

The plot is quite predictable.

also the whole troubled man - young prostitute thing is totally played out, and the movie doesn't add anything new for that matter, just the same predictable unoriginality that stretches out through the entire 98 minutes (which felt a lot longer)

The relationship between Barthes and the girl is stunning and constantly rocked by misunderstandings...

Perhaps if it stayed more true to the writer it just might have been better, but it's pointless to delve upon the what if.

I sat and watched this movie and was amazed at how much I enjoyed it.

This just seemed forced, in-your-face, and came across as trite.

Bit slow and little deppresing.

A breathtaking, deeply disturbing and truly impressive film.

In close-up, documentary-style interviews, Mr. Brody's eyes flash like lightning one moment and then become as dull as concrete the next, daring us to try to understand how one can care so much and so little.

A compelling insight into Americas failing education system and the beleaguered teachers that inhabit it.

Disturbing and compelling; highly recommend .

But worth watching for the performances, especially Adrien Brody.

First of all, you want to know if this movie was enjoyable and watchable movie .

I also found some monologues a bit pretentious and forced.

As for the script, it's not uninteresting, far from it, but the omnipresent darkness turns boring: after the hour mark, the viewer has enough of seeing all those depressed teachers and this completely depressing prevailing fatalism.

Good but a little pretentious .

Nothing in the film is "nice" and an easy-watch and you are constantly worried what the next revelation will be, but in it is still a gripping and inspirational piece of cinema; the importance of good parenting and the skill and importance of good teachers are highlights.

The characters were strong and though the movie was a bit slow, it made its point and point well made I would say.

The film started off incredibly well, featuring lots of well-delivered social critique, but by the end – especially when (spoiler) the overweight girl died – the film became too dark and cliché-ridden.

Unlike that film, which reduced its compelling ideas into a cheap and shallow thriller, "Detachment" uses its desperation and despondency to make a point.

Of all the actors that appeared in the film, the most compelling is Betty Kaye as a student named Meredith, who observes the school through the lens of her camera.

With "Detachment" it's as if he tried to one-up his last film, which resulted in a pretentious, contrived roller coaster of emotions and extreme characters.

On the negative side from Detachment, a few scenes and situations feel excessively convenient and simplified; particularly, there's near the ending a tragedy I found totally gratuitous, predictable and unnecessary.

I like the disjointed take from different characters.

Detachment starts in confusion.

It's really baffling that people think this film is "powerful and gripping" even though the writers of this film clearly play the "racism card" of having all to most black people in the school that have either an attitude problem or presumably be in some gang threatening teachers.

Having notable celebrities, an "emotional" storyline with a obvious, cliché message, tragic characters and cheap sappy music playing in the background and other bait that of which the Oscars or any award show would consume is the case of The Detachment, a 2011 indie film which won several awards.

Angst: A Brilliant, Compelling Mirror for Us All .

My husband was left physically detached as he fell asleep!

Henry who had a troubled childhood, who have become so detached in the throes of apathetic students, blasé colleagues and frayed administrations, still finds himself attached to a runaway teen (Sami Gayle)-who finds him gentle and the most kind, a creative but underestimated student (Betty Kaye) who sees him as a faceless man in an empty room, and a colleague (Christina Hendricks) who can be judgmental sometimes.

These are my kind of films, dark, compelling and the characters absorbing and interesting.

At times it is slow, focuses on the bleak and apparently unwinnable battle the teachers face.

Unoriginal, predictable, melodramatic yet dull .

In the end, people who think this movie is even good is either have bad taste in movies or some sucker who get cheaply suckered into the melodrama and say things like "the movie has a gripping subtext that of which could easily related to real life or not.

Pretentious, Contrived.

I found the film engrossing as the realistic messy lifestyles it documented developed depth through the 97 minutes.

Here about halfway through I found myself wanting to skip ahead some scenes because they were boring me.

Several other scenes, including one where Henry verbally lashes one of the nursing home's employees for not taking care of his grandfather's needs, also have a great sense of drama and whether or not you'll like/love/hate the film, there is no doubt that watching Detachment is an impactful, intense experience.

I truly felt the emotions of the film throughout, and would highly recommend it to anybody looking to watch a film that brings out a sense of reality.

There is no moral, no story, no hope of salvation.