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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]
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
    Kinnear's performance has to be one of the most sympathetic acts of decency one actor has ever extended to another. Crane always wanted to be a real, respectable movie actor. Channeled through Kinnear, he finally gets his wish.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    It’s not a particularly sexy movie. What’s shocking to Schrader is not Crane’s promiscuity, but his obtuseness. It’s the story of the unbearable lightness of Bob.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Uplifting? Not bloody likely. Mesmerizing? Very, thanks to Greg Kinnear's eerie performance as Crane and director Paul Schrader's lucid depiction of the character's happy-go-lucky descent into hell.
  6. 50
    It's a clammy, depressing movie, but not a very illuminating one.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    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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