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53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
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  1. 75
    Obviously a labor of love for all involved, including GOP mayoral candidate Michael Bloomberg, who bankrolled the production and receives full producer credit. He deserves it.
  2. About American anti-Semitism, but it's not a typical genteel "cause" movie.
  3. A cautionary tale that's harrowing, heartbreaking and -- especially given the times, when Americans seem all-too-ready to once again judge people as a threat solely by their appearance -- disturbingly resonant.
  4. The result would be an important drama if the screenplay (based on an early Arthur Miller novel) didn't lapse into preachiness and imprecision at times.
  5. 75
    Doesn't reach for reality; it's a deliberate attempt to look and feel like a 1940s social problems picture, right down to the texture of the color photography.
  6. Yes, the movie is obvious at time, banging you over the head with its message, and the use of shadows on a wall can seem overly broad. But these are small complaints when compared to the film's many strengths.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Two constants: good acting and an old-fashioned preachiness that backfires.
  8. Feels somehow incomplete. It may be that its visual metaphor is more effective in literature than in film.
  9. 63
    This film and Miller's vision remind us of the danger of giving in to fear.
  10. It's a good film but an over-obvious one. I wish I'd liked it more.
  11. The movie's surreal style, with its film-noir camerawork and ominous lighting, turns the story into a fable about fear and nonconformism, and Mr. Macy's and Ms. Dern's carefully shaded caricatures match the mood.
  12. 60
    Dern and Macy give doughty performances in schematic roles, but glasses or no, these have to be two of the least Semitic-looking actors in American movies.
  13. 60
    This insidiously complex satire is filled with apparent digressions, and our complete identification with the man occurs so gradually that it's impossible to pinpoint just when our previous disdain becomes a position of relative comfort.
  14. 60
    A hyperreal, visually layered period style that finds film noir shadows creeping in at the edges of a blue-sky, get-along-to-go-along America.
  15. The script is full of holes and the premise is not especially credible.
  16. Works better as a subject for high school study rather than lasting art.
  17. Even if they're on the side of the angels, 106 minutes is a long time to keep this sermon going.
  18. A movie worth viewing. Besides, it's the only movie to boast NYC millionaire mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg as its executive producer.
  19. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Seems embalmed in its own time, an earnest and handsomely crafted museum piece, not an urgent transposition of Miller's moral outrage to the new century.
  20. 50
    No denying the relevance of the tale.
  21. Only David Paymer -- and the actor formerly known as the singer Meat Loaf, playing Newman's suspicious neighbor, ring true.
  22. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    The film is rich in period detail and a keen visual sense of irony, but it's curiously static; scenes that blister the pages of Miller's novel barely move.
  23. 50
    The topic certainly suits the times, but the director's approach is as alienating as it is old-fashioned.
  24. While Macy is persuasive, much of Focus is not.
  25. 40
    Relevant message aside, there's no good reason to sit through photographer Neal Slavin's directorial debut.
  26. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    A stilted, heavy-handed parable about fascistic intolerance.
  27. Has a topsy-turvy sense of injustice.
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  1. Mar 18, 2015
    5
    Another Will Smith "I'm The Best" movies with one of the screens newest hot female actress..Margot Robbie. "Focus" could have been a betterAnother Will Smith "I'm The Best" movies with one of the screens newest hot female actress..Margot Robbie. "Focus" could have been a better movie if the role of Smith's was portrayed by another actor...(if you get what I am talking about). Watching Smith bed down Robbie is another Hollywood "stick it in your face" combination that totally pisses me off. The movie itself as entertaining as it was it was nothing out of the ordinary. With the exception of Robbie in that black swim suit. Wow! Following the story line was pretty decent..no deep thinking required here. Smith is in a slump for box office hits. This one is no exception. The producers could have saved a ton of money by offering the role to one of the up and coming young actors who would have done the part for a lot less then what I'm sure Smith got paid. As you can tell I'm not a fan. The movie itself was interesting enough and made you want to get in the profession of picking pockets. The scenes as Smith teaches Robbie the tricks of the trade were pretty clever. A movie worth seeing. Oh yes...she could pick my pockets anytime. Full Review »