Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'No Good Deed' Reviews: And the Twist Is That It's Good! (Not Really) 'No Good Deed' Reviews: And the Twist Is That It's Good! (Not Really) Studio Cancels All Screenings of 'No Good Deed' to Preserve Shocking Twist That It's Probably Terrible Studio Cancels All Screenings of 'No Good Deed' to Preserve Shocking Twist That It's Probably Terrible The Availability Gap: What We Lose When Netflix Wins The Availability Gap: What We Lose When Netflix Wins Mysteries of Laura Review: Debra Messing on NBC Mysteries of Laura Review: Debra Messing on NBC Comparing Lena Dunham to Woody Allen Is Unfair — to Lena Dunham Comparing Lena Dunham to Woody Allen Is Unfair — to Lena Dunham Daily Reads: The Death of Adulthood, the Future of Film in 'Snowpiercer' and More Daily Reads: The Death of Adulthood, the Future of Film in 'Snowpiercer' and More 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them': 'Between Just Enough and a Bit Too Much' 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them': 'Between Just Enough and a Bit Too Much' Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood' Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood' 'While We're Young': Noah Baumbach's Xer-Millennial Comedy Ponders the Difference Between Sharing People's Lives and Stealing Them 'While We're Young': Noah Baumbach's Xer-Millennial Comedy Ponders the Difference Between Sharing People's Lives and Stealing Them Now Streaming: 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'Beginners' on Netflix Now Streaming: 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'Beginners' on Netflix 'The Cobbler' Reviews: 'Makes Me Want to Upgrade Everything I've Ever Seen Half a Star' 'The Cobbler' Reviews: 'Makes Me Want to Upgrade Everything I've Ever Seen Half a Star' 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' Reviews: A Liam Neeson Movie Worthy of Liam Neeson 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' Reviews: A Liam Neeson Movie Worthy of Liam Neeson Daily Reads: The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made, The Last Blockbuster Video Stores and More Daily Reads: The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made, The Last Blockbuster Video Stores and More Criticwire Classic of the Week: Federico Fellini's '8 1/2' Criticwire Classic of the Week: Federico Fellini's '8 1/2' 'The Duke of Burgundy': With Butterflies and BDSM, a Kinky Romance Woos Critics 'The Duke of Burgundy': With Butterflies and BDSM, a Kinky Romance Woos Critics 'The Expendables 3' Torrent and the Techno-Utopian Delusion 'The Expendables 3' Torrent and the Techno-Utopian Delusion David Lynch on 'Eraserhead,' Women in the TV Industry David Lynch on 'Eraserhead,' Women in the TV Industry Did 'Edge of Tomorrow' Just Get a New Title for Home Video? Did 'Edge of Tomorrow' Just Get a New Title for Home Video? 'The Counselor's Extended Cut Is Inspired Madness 'The Counselor's Extended Cut Is Inspired Madness Daily Reads: Why Toronto Is the Best Place for Female Filmmakers, In Praise of Fincher's Women and More Daily Reads: Why Toronto Is the Best Place for Female Filmmakers, In Praise of Fincher's Women and More

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Detachment'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire March 22, 2012 at 4:28PM

Another installment of our continuing series about movie ad pull quotes that make no sense.
0
"Detachment."
"Detachment."

Detachment Pull Quote
And now, it's time for another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!

From: The Village Voice, Vol. LVII, No. 12

Movie"Detachment"

Pull Quote: "Passionate, sincere... 'Detachment' may grip your soul.'

Author: Ella Taylor, NPR

Original Quote, in Context: "'Detachment' is passionate, sincere and occasionally razor-sharp in ways you'd expect from the director of 'Lake of Fire,' one of the finest documentaries ever made about the abortion debate... As a study in how a man learns to become a parent to himself and to others, 'Detachment' may grip your soul. But its end-state despair about our cities and our schools feels inflated, showy and quite possibly beside the point."

Why It's Weird:  Pull quotes are supposed to go right for the jugular.  BIG!  HUGE!  WORDS!  ALL!  FOLLOWED! BY! EXCLAMATION!  POINTS!  There shouldn't be room for nuance.  Which is why it's so weird to see the word "may" in Taylor's quote on "Detachment." Okay, so "Detachment" may grip your soul -- but hey, it's not for everyone, and who knows?  It's almost like they worried people'd ask for their money back if it didn't grip their souls.  As usual, the original context explains the oddness: this line is actually more of a qualified insult than a compliment.  It may grip your soul, but really, the film is too inflated and showy. Any soul-gripping here is purely incidental.

This has been another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!

This article is related to: Weird Pull Quote Theater, Detachment


E-Mail Updates