2 November 2012 10:39 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

[This a re-post of my review from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  The Details opens today in limited release.] The Details is a darkly comic tale that can never quite seem to get a handle on its tone. The film plays with notions of fate but only a fate that will deal out punishment and retribution no matter how much good you do or if you even receive a kindness. That’s not a problem for a black comedy, but The Details grinds to a halt as its main character receives valuable life lessons or as he heads into another predictable comic set-up. Director Jacob Aaron Estes’ best attempt to tie it all together is with an insufferable Danny Elfman-esque score. Stars Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney do a great job handling the comedy, but even their scenes eventually feel repetitive. The Details has a lot to offer, most notably frustration. Estes opens the movie on a promising note by using a gag that would do Chuck Jones proud. »

- Matt Goldberg

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