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Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

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About the Movie

Detroit was the birthplace of the middle class, an industrial utopia where anyone who worked hard enough could experience the "American dream." Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy. In the past 10 years this Midwestern icon has lost 25% of its population and 50% of its manufacturing jobs. City officials are in the midst of the most dramatic "downsizing" of an American city ever seen - demolishing thousands of homes, reconsolidating massive tracts of excess land, cutting basic services and encouraging Detroiters in marginal neighborhoods to move. Detroiters who have stuck with the city are at the breaking point. Artists and curious outsiders flock to the city in search of inspiration and opportunity. Racial tension, globalization, lack of innovation and greed has led to a moment of truth for Detroit. How the Motor City reboots itself will set the example for countless other post-industrial cities with similar fates. And today the entire country is watching to see if this storied metropolis has the courage, creativity and grit to reinvent itself -- instead of implode. Detropia is a cinematic tapestry that chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive the D and make sense of what is happening to their city. An owner of a blues bar, a young blogger, an auto union rep, a group of young artists, an opera impresario and a gang of illegal "scrappers" make up an unlikely chorus that illuminates the tale of both a city and a country in a soul-searching mood, desperate for a new identity.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 40
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Moving from union hall to town hall, from brutal salary negotiations to contentious plans to create urban farms out of concrete wasteland, the film listens and moves on. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Sep 6, 2012

Fresh: A potent snapshot of a potential future for many American cities. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jan 30, 2012

Fresh: City services are shutting down, schools are closing, houses are being demo'd by the thousands - like lights being turned out one by one, "Detropia" powerfully captures a city fighting not to go dark. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Oct 4, 2012

Rotten: Artfully - perhaps too artfully - illustrates the transformation of the Motor City from a middle-class utopia to an urban nightmare of blight, crime and fleeing residents. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 28, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Choppy at best

Was too choppy...a few poignant moments, but I was hoping would be more about the artists going there to try and rebuild the city while being creatively free. Cover is misleading.

Capitalism exploits the weak

The entire film sets up the premise that capitalism is bad at 1:20:00 into the film. There is no critical examination of the cause of the abandonment of Detroit other than the typical progressive excuse.

Too Dis-Jointed

I was really looking forward to this documentary, having read about it when it was released. What it is, though, is mainly a doom-and-gloom look at Detroit through the eyes of residents who seem to babble on and on and on. No narrative other than the subjects talking. There are some good points made, but I would have liked a better historical perspective.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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