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The Details Reviews

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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+
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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
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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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.
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.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
November 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 25/4
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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.
Matt Pais
November 1, 2012
A character study with rougher edges [than Flight] and more to say than, 'It's difficult but important to admit when you have a problem.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
October 27, 2012
Jacob Aaron Estes has made a plucky movie that challenges its audience to examine their own less than ethical behaviors. Just as it is in life, it's all fun and games until someone looses their household.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 27, 2012
Imagine the marital turbulence depicted in 'Revolutionary Road' multiplied by ten and treated as a dark comedy. That gives you some idea of what you're in for with this disturbingly funny film.
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 24, 2011
A solid black comedy, with scene stealing performances from Laura Linney, and Ray Liotta.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Edward Douglas
January 30, 2011
The nature of the genre gives The Details tonal issues that ultimately, it's able to overcome.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
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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