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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Everything here is intentionally grotesque to service the filmmaker's cheap shots. Women and black people are just plain crazy.
Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013
Despite some tonal stumbles, the film mostly finds its footing and becomes an enjoyable comic enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 21, 2013
a painfully dull slog through an exceedingly stupid subdivision
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
November 22, 2012
The script is somewhat provocative in its examination of relationships during absurd circumstances, but its twists eventually become less compelling.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
November 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 5, 2012
It's a Weinstein release, but I don't foresee any big Oscar push for this wacky misfire.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 3, 2012
The longer it went on, the more eager I was for it to be over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 2, 2012
A very well cast, R-rated TV sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: B
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
November 2, 2012
Bad choices and immoral acts go unpunished in dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 1, 2012
The wacky is forced and unfunny and the misery is nowhere near wretched enough.
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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.
Read More | 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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