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The Details (2012)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Movie Info

After ten years of marriage, Jeff and Nealy Lang (Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks) have an idyllic suburban home... and a relationship on the skids. But, when a family of hungry raccoons ransacks their perfectly manicured backyard, Jeff becomes single-mindedly obsessed with eradicating the pests by any means necessary. Soon the relentless rodents aren't merely uprooting the lawn, but also overturning the Langs' entire bourgeois existence, as the man-versus-beast battle leads into an absurd … More

Rating:
R (for language, sexual content, some drug use and brief violence)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 30, 2013
Box Office:
$63.6k
Runtime:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Details

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (18)

"The Details" is not just entertaining, but potentially useful.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

As the title suggests, it's all in the details, which writer-director Estes provides in large if not always convincing doses.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's hard to make a fine actress like Laura Linney look off-key and shrill, but "The Details" manages to do just that. It's hardly an accomplishment.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

"The Details" cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

"The Details" wears its quirky heart on its sleeve, signaling (and smirking at) its own silliness, at every opportunity, with an intrusively antic score that makes everything sound like a giant joke.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

It all adds up to create a dicey morality tale that's as improbable as it is strangely believable.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Despite some tonal stumbles, the film mostly finds its footing and becomes an enjoyable comic enterprise.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
The Playlist

a painfully dull slog through an exceedingly stupid subdivision

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
Film Racket

The script is somewhat provocative in its examination of relationships during absurd circumstances, but its twists eventually become less compelling.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Cinemalogue.com

Estes never seems to find the balance between dark farce and existential drama, and the cast - especially the goofy Maguire - is left trying to sort it all out.

Full Review… | November 9, 2012
Salt Lake Tribune

There are a few highlights worth a look and an accomplished supporting cast to ease the oddity along, yet The Details doesn't add up to much despite its rather elaborate design of misery.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Blu-ray.com

It's a Weinstein release, but I don't foresee any big Oscar push for this wacky misfire.

Full Review… | November 5, 2012
Film Journal International

The longer it went on, the more eager I was for it to be over.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012
Aisle Seat

A very well cast, R-rated TV sitcom.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
Boston Herald

Bad choices and immoral acts go unpunished in dark comedy.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
Common Sense Media

The wacky is forced and unfunny and the misery is nowhere near wretched enough.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Flick Filosopher

Maguire, given the chance to play "a dirty philanderer" and "a cheating, cat-killing liar," wrings every laugh he can out of this character. He may not be Spider-Man any longer, but his bug eyes never let him down.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for The Details

½

Strange movie. Strange concept...

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itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

21/12/2012 (DVD)

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EightThirty
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Putting my dislike for Tobey Maguire aside, "The Details" remains entertaining despite a constant shift between quirky comedy and thoughtful drama. The question burning on my mind was how Jeff Lang (Macguire) could have gone so long prior to this film's events without messing everything up completely, because "The Details" is that film where the lead character falls down a rabbit hole of mistakes. Sexually frustrated and boyish ignorant, Jeff cheats on his wife twice, gets his neighbor's cat killed, and loses a ridiculous amount of money, all to keep his wife from finding out. The only difference, in this film, is that all the characters are equally bad and the eventual conclusion is original in that most "rabbit hole" films don't take the higher road where those affected understand the predicaments at hand. Elizabeth Banks does a decent job remaining likable as the stuffy stay-at-home mom, Macguire does nothing to change my slanted opinion about him, and in very small roles, Kerry Washington and Dennis Haysbert blow me away with their impeccable ability to embody their characters and instantly garner emotions toward them. Haysbert's character is by far the best thing about the film and produces most of the serious emotions brought on throughout the film, which makes his eventual arc that much more sad and disturbing. Had the entire film focused on a level of emotion like this, it would have completely stood apart from any quirky comedies today. Instead, its absurdity brings it to the same base level that come from most swept-under-the-rug comedies.

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xas5
Christopher Haskell

Super Reviewer

The Details Quotes


Jeff Lang:
The things I'm thinking you couldn't imagine.
– Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)
Lincoln:
It's impossible to reason with an unreasonable person.
– Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)

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