Ésta es una película sombría como pocas, con un guión ubicado en el fondo de la coladera. Sus personajes están todos rotos, huecos. Lo fascinante es cómo la rutina los mantiene de pie, por monótona que sea. El acercamiento a la repugnancia es grandioso y crudo. La actuación de Brody es impecable, sin embargo Caan y Nelson también son brillantes. Su elenco es de gran renombre. La película es conmovedora y poderosa.
Tony Kaye tried too hard to make something artsy-pretentious and failed in delivering. The only relevant scene of the entire movie is the "date" scene between Henry and Ms. Madison. Found it hard to get in the atmosphere of the film with the alert and neurotic pase, too many things happening at once. 2/5
Uneven, manipulative and predictable. I really would like to kick Tony Kaye in the ass for his pretentious, shallow movies. In the same way as AHX, Detachment could've been a real and thought-provoking drama, with powerful moments and poignant acting, but it fatally gets ruined by Kaye’s mediocrity and laziness as a director. I give it 3 stars because some scenes really hit me.
In its midnight hour desolation it is like the emanations of a distant, dying star reaching us; its echoes are the language and gestures of a dying system -educational, social, moral- whose news has reached us too late. But it ultimately feels too fragmented and showy in its style, considering how bleak its subject matter is.
One of the best movies I've seen in recent times. A brutal take on the state of public education at american schools, with a talented cast lead by Adrien Brody who has a pitch perfect performance as a lonely and empty substitute teacher. Sami Gayle as the teenage prostitute has an amazing role that evokes a lot of Jodie Foster's Iris in "Taxi Driver".
Very, very good work!