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487 Ratings


Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
United States, 2017
Crime, Drama, History


A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States’ history. The film looks back on the riots that occurred in 1967, also known as the 12th Street riot and 1967 Detroit rebellion and the events that occurred at the Algiers Motel.

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Detroit Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
As a steadfast fan of Near Dark and Blue Steel, I have tenaciously resisted the mainstream shift in Bigelow’s career represented by The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. . . . But what I took to be the political evasions of those films . . . become, by displacement, the central subject of the powerful Detroit, which is really about the State’s terror regime in a condition of urban, race war. Not a ‘return to form’, but a new and exciting form for Bigelow to have attained here.
December 22, 2017
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One fascinating thing about the film is its patchwork texture… Another is its unorthodox structure, starting with a big picture network narrative, drawing the characters together for a taut, contained hostage situation with protagonists held at gunpoint by cops in the Algiers Motel, then breaking free and trundling along through a protracted, disjointed aftermath that leaves the viewer with no idea where the thing is going or when it will stop.
September 11, 2017
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I found the ending of Detroit a little unsatisfying, at least on the basis of a single viewing… The trial is not brought to life, as the earlier scenes are, but sketched, and Bigelow loses the focus on character that is the strength of the body of the film, without expanding its scope to take in the incident’s political repercussions. But in a sense this disappointment is testament to how rich the characterisations are, and how powerful her film is.
August 22, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Detroit

    The Detroits riots of 68 tie in with the Ferguson riots, and they make me think about 'Get Out', 'Selma' and 'I'm Not Your Negro' all films seen in the last 3 months, are part of the same narrative. What African-Americans (after the Native-Americans) have suffered (and still do) is a silent social holocaust. Will Poulter is as bad a villain as Amon Goeth (The sadistic Nazi played by Fiennes). Algee Smith IS the film▽

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Detroit

    Long plea for black people, against white police & justice, while offering - after 50 years - no solution. A sincere film, whose simplification NICE BLACKS, WHITE BAD GUYS, divides more than it gathers == Long plaidoyer pour les noirs, contre la police & la justice blanche, n'offrant - après 50 ans - aucune solution. Film sincère, dont la simplification gentils noirs, méchants blancs, divise plus qu'elle ne rassemble

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Detroit

    The kind of vague, oversimplified, unfocused storytelling that feels more like virtue-signalling than a genuine lament of the justice system, or a study of the failure to protect such and such community in such and such a time. Decent performances that flourish within the taut, well-crafted visuals that ooze tension. Despite its merits it felt scattered, sensational, with a rushed third act.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Detroit

    It is important to me that we remember these victims did not want these events dramatised, so what Bigelow and Boal call reconstruction we might call violation. "Moral failure" indeed, it robs these characters of any soul in the great misfire that is this 'docufiction' affront Bigelow + Greengrass won't let die. To what end does Detroit exist? To remind us what we know by looking at the news?

  • josé neves's rating of the film Detroit

    Digital. The films that Bigelow began to make since the overrated Hurt Locker adopt the style that the director simply, and in a reductive way, called "journalistic" (repeating the mistake of calling documentary style to a formless handy camera) , which in the worst cases result in something indistinct. In this case, however, the magnificence of the staging recalls Strange Days complex chorality, and the film won me.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Detroit

    There can be no denying Bigelow's craftsmanship, or the sterling efforts of her terrific ensemble cast -- but the 'torture-porn' criticisms aren't completely unfounded. You'll leave furious, disheartened and angry; of course, that may be the point. But, the gratuitous, exploitative nature of "Detroit," as well as its defeatist attitude, keep it from being the seminal picture it could've (and should've) been.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Detroit

    Kathryn Bigelow delivers another gripping story from the untold pages of history and it also serves as an indictment of our own times that shows fifty years later ain't shit really changed. This is a powerful film that will make you feel every emotion and really stop and think about the way we treat each other and how we perceive each other as people.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Detroit

    The saddest thing about "Detroit" is it should be a time capsule movie. The kind of film we look at like "12 Years a Slave" or "Lincoln" and quietly whisper to ourselves, "that's crazy, how could they do that?" "That doesn't happen today, thank God." But instead, "Detroit" is about a problem that is still prominent today; still interwoven in the fabric of America bearing the same disgraceful, inconsequential outcome.

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