Detroit

critic Reviews

83% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score83%
  • Detroit delivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    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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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    Detroit comes out of its corner slugging and barely stops. By the end the viewer has a swollen eye, ringing ears and a conviction that the referee should have stopped the fight.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Each actor inhabits their role with a precision and mettle that means even in the depths of confusion, the complex group dynamics are easy to read.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Geoffrey MacnabIndependent (UK)
    In its own polemical way, it is very powerful filmmaking but, as storytelling, it is one-dimensional. There is too much "docu" here and not enough drama.
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    David JenkinsLittle White Lies
    Fascinating but deeply flawed.
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    Fiona UnderhillJumpCut Online
    It is definitely pacing and editing that are the biggest flaws here, the narrative structure just seems to go haywire in the second half. It feels at least twice as long as it actually is and this is a disservice to the real people involved.
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    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines, IA)
    Detroit is one of the best and most important films of the year. It's the kind of film that will not only make you think, but also make you angry ... this sort of injustice could ever have happened ... [and] is still relevant, fifty years after the fact.
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    Detroit is as incendiary, pulse-pounding, relevant, and essential a work as you are likely to see this year, and it's easily one of the best films of the year.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Victor StiffGoomba Stomp
    After watching Detroit, emotionally-depleted and politically-agitated moviegoers are guaranteed to stumble out of the theatre feeling woke - I'm not so sure about entertained.
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