The Details Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 8, 2012
"The Details" is not just entertaining, but potentially useful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 8, 2012
As the title suggests, it's all in the details, which writer-director Estes provides in large if not always convincing doses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 2, 2012
"The Details" cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 2, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2012
It all adds up to create a dicey morality tale that's as improbable as it is strangely believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 1, 2012
Instead of turning soft and squishy, this examination of karma gets tougher as it goes along. Its refusal to settle into a cozy niche may be commercially disastrous, but I take it as a sign of integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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November 1, 2012
In exploring how easily and strangely the life Jeff and Nealy have built together unravels, The Details lays out a series of mundane and dangerous objects as signposts - provocative keys to the film's darkly comedic and tense puzzle.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
The movie is many things, but a mess isn't one of them. Estes knows exactly what he wants. Whether it's worth wanting is another matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2012
[A] provocatively acrid adult comedy of lies, deceits, and a touch of murder.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
As if to justify its own title, The Details is familiar in its plotting but uproarious in its incidents.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 1, 2012
It's more interested in admiring its own architecture than building something worth residing in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 31, 2012
It's a frustrating movie in its inconsistency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 31, 2012
The perpetrators and victims here are all such smug, dull caricatures that none of the intended satirical barbs have anywhere to land.
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Matt Singer
Time Out
October 31, 2012
This attempt at black comedy is so busy twisting through its plot that it barely has time for its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5