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  • Summary: This absorbing glimpse into the colorful life, and mysterious death, of actor Bob Crane is also a fascinating chronicle of American male sexual identity in the 60's and 70's. [Sony Pictures Classics]


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. 100
    The film is pitch-perfect in its decor, music, clothes, cars, language and values. It takes place during those heady years between the introduction of the Pill and the specter of AIDS, when men shaped as adolescents by Playboy in the 1950s now found some of their fantasies within reach.
  2. 89
    The set and art direction are superb, evoking Sixties and Seventies décor with a dazzling precision.
  3. 80
    Certainly the movie is one of Schrader's most accomplished, and most entertaining, but there's something cold and unforgiving about his vision, delivered with a severity that only a bred-in-the-bone Calvinist could muster.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Schrader directs with a very smooth hand, providing a good-natured and frequently amusing spin to eventually grim material that aptly reflects the protagonist's almost unfailing good humor.
  5. When the bloody climax comes, we look on apathetically, as desensitized to the violence as a pornographer is to sex.
  6. 50
    It's a clammy, depressing movie, but not a very illuminating one.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Schrader is like a reformed addict who isn't even honest enough to show what once gave him pleasure. He's the most dangerous kind of crusader. In Auto Focus, he makes you hate sex and movies equally.

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Score distribution:
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