Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
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.
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Tobey Maguire's characteristic placidity makes a fine mask for a man who is thoroughly awful. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
If only writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes had bothered to dig a little bit deeper than those damn raccoons did. Read full review
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. Read full review
The Details is as smug and self-satisfied as its privileged lead character. Read full review
Cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at. Read full review
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