Detroit

critic Reviews

84% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score84%
  • Detroit delivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    It's not an easy film to watch but Bigelow's control over every aspect ensures it's utterly convincing.
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    Matthew NormanLondon Evening Standard
    Detroit becomes a kind of neo-Gothic horror story.
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    David JenkinsLittle White Lies
    Fascinating but deeply flawed.
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    Christopher OrrThe Atlantic
    [Detroit] is a film that, for all its emotional power, is strangely disengaged from the cultural and systemic forces that led to police brutality in 1967 and continue to do so today.
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    Josephine LivingstoneThe New Republic
    The violence in Detroit is gratuitous simply because there is so much of it and it is so profoundly repugnant.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Bigelow doesn't have as original, as distinctive, as reflective a sense of cinematic drama as the extraordinary subject matter of "Detroit" requires.
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    Tim BrennanAbout Boulder
    The rage pulsing throughout this movie is one that can spark conversation, engage brain synapses, even cause change. The question is, how much do we want to change, and how many more Algiers will we endure?
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    Julian Lytleidobi.com
    You'll see a well-made piece of cinema from one of the best auteur directors in Hollywood, but is the trauma worth the cost of admission?
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    Grethe KempChannel24 (South Africa)
    Though there's still plenty in the film that should be lauded - the saturated and claustrophobic cinematography, and potent performances from most of the cast, for instance - it's a film that should be watched with a disclaimer.
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    Katie Smith-WongFlick Feast
    Overall, Detroit paints a grim and upsetting picture on civil rights in the 1960s, but one that needs to be depicted for modern audiences. Through Bigelow's direction and a standout performance from Poulter, it needs to be seen to be believed.
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