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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The Details has a light tone, but it's anything but light in purpose. It's committed and passionate, one of the most perceptive and morally persuasive movies of 2012. show more

  • 65
    NPR

    In The Details' finest moments, writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes exerts a precise control over tone using sound and performance; in its worst moments, the score and actors overcompensate for weak material. Those elements let Estes get away with often-indulgent writing, throwing up whole scenes that don't add texture or conflict. show more

  • 63
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Manages to be both compelling and unsatisfying. But what limits it isn't lack of execution. 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. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at. show more

  • 25
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    The Details is as smug and self-satisfied as its privileged lead character. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    If only writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes had bothered to dig a little bit deeper than those damn raccoons did. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Tobey Maguire's characteristic placidity makes a fine mask for a man who is thoroughly awful. show more

  • 58
    Cory Everett The Playlist

    Described as an "existential horror film," The Details can't quite reach the same level of excellence as The Coen Brothers' recent "A Serious Man," another film about a man being punished (or rewarded) by fate based on his actions. show more

  • 33
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    It's a familiar mold: the perils of suburban discontent have been so thoroughly explored that The Details plays like a hodgepodge of familiar circumstances on an assembly line to disaster. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Top-shelf cast, headed by Tobey Maguire, slips into familiar grooves of adultery, lies, blackmail, and pet poisoning, it's the spectacular blow-ups and dressing-downs that make this such a nervy pleasure. show more

  • November 10, 2012 pdsnyder123
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    As strange as this movie is ~~ my husband and I liked it~~ in a rather weird way it gives validation to \"the golden rule\", while re-enforcing a number of the ten commandments~~ plus it has cursing and sex which most audiences NEED to enjoy a movie :)

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