Adrien Brody is a drifting substitute teacher who finds uneasy connections with his new students in this intense classroom drama from the director American History X. Also stars Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan and Lucy Liu.... More

Henry (Brody) is transferred to yet another school, where an indifferent management has filled the classrooms with lethargic students and potential burnouts. Having avoided building relationships with prior students, Henry realises that his apathetic methods will be of no use here. His longing sense of attachment slowly starts to emerge with the aid of three women: photography enthusiast Meredith, a student of his, Ms. Madison, a fellow teacher, and Erica, a sidewalk prostitute.Hide

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  • For all its untrammeled excesses - and Kaye has proved that he'd sooner torpedo his own career than accept a little constructive trammeling - Detachment is almost forcibly moving, body-slamming its audience into submission. Full Review

  • Brody delivers his finest performance since "The Pianist". Full Review

  • A movie you keep expecting to fizzle because of its punching-the-air gracelessness, but there's something weirdly effective about the artistic desperation, which includes inserts of chalkboard animation and to-the-camera testimonials. Full Review

  • Scripter Lund, himself an ex-teacher, delivers a story that lacks nuance, and mixes badly with Kaye's impatient edits, Dutch angles and extreme close-ups. Full Review

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