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Auto Focus (2002)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 158
Fresh: 114 | Rotten: 44

Kinnear and Dafoe help make this downward spiral of one man's life a compelling watch.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 11

Kinnear and Dafoe help make this downward spiral of one man's life a compelling watch.



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Based on true story, a glimpse into the colorful life, and mysterious death, of actor Bob Crane. Handsome and charming, Crane became well known as the star of CBS' hit comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (1965-1971). Capitalizing on his fame, Crane dove into the freewheeling spirit of the times with relish, having affairs with numerous women. Crane fell into the seamy world of sex, strip clubs, and decadence. Eventually, Crane teamed up with video technician John Carpenter to document his exploits, an



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Mar 18, 2003


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Schrader really isn't interested in Crane except as the straw man for his moral lessons about sin and sexuality and the nature of celebrity.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comment (1)
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How do you make a movie with depth about a man who lacked any? On the evidence before us, the answer is clear: Not easily and, in the end, not well enough.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Admirably unconventional film.

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It never answers the key question: Why should we care?

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Watching this cold, detached movie, you never get the sense that Schrader cares one whit about Crane or is even curious about understanding the compulsions that wrecked his marriage and career and eventually cost him his life.

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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It's no fun to watch, but there's no denying the power of its point of view, of its two lead performances and of its claim to attention as an evocation of recent social history.

November 1, 2002
Detroit News
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What makes the material work so well here is the perception that both writer and director choose to execute with its protagonist, which is not to provide overlying sympathy for him or his choices.

June 29, 2013 Full Review Source:

Ultimately one-dimensional and superficial look into the life of Bob Crane...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A repetitive and disappointingly shallow look at what is in fact an intriguing Hollywood mystery.

January 2, 2009 Full Review Source:

Out of focus.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Sempre fascinante, o filme traz Greg Kinnear e Willem Dafoe em performances absolutamente impecáveis.

April 28, 2004
Cinema em Cena

See it for Kinnear's performance, see it for a supreme depiction of the time, but don't go in expecting Citizen Kane. More like Deep Throat.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source:

Another probing case history of male pathology from one of the most consistently interesting American film-makers alive.

October 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Given its lurid subject matter, the film is astoundingly bland.

October 15, 2003 Full Review Source:

Crane's story is a modern Hollywood tragedy, and Schrader and Kinnear treat it with the utmost respect, creating a film that is both touching and bittersweet.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

..interesting for the way it reveals what the advent of the videotape in the '70s has done to all of us. Like the Internet in the '90s, it has helped make what's private public - for better or worse.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

Auto Focus is a tense and gripping film, filled with surprises and overt contradictions of the human condition. It's also a terrifying look at a man who loses his sense of himself and is caught in his own net of deceit as he self destructs.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Schrader weaves American sexual mores, advances in video technology, dangerous impulses and awareness of self into one compelling thread. The movie has a precise vision - funny, sad and profound all at once.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

It's a compelling watch, but moves no further than being an exploratory film about Crane's demise due to his sex addiction.

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is not a masterpiece; Schrader wrote a better film about career disintegration and the pathetic sexual lives of insecure men, and that film was "Raging Bull". But the movie is powerful.

April 2, 2003

Even if you've never watched an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Auto Focus is worth a spin in your DVD player.

March 21, 2003

An exemplary Schrader work, a painfully funny and misanthropic treatise on American masculinity and its sexualised image.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

More like a peep show than a character study.

February 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Kinnear delivers an excellent performance and the delirious imagery lingers for months.

February 18, 2003 Full Review Source:

The one character trait given to Bob Crane in the movie is that he's likable. Paul Schrader has made a movie that isn't--everything about it is out of focus.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: KFOR Channel 4 News
KFOR Channel 4 News

Audience Reviews for Auto Focus

Watchable, but not recommendable.
November 20, 2012

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Extremely dark but with good acting.
June 5, 2012
jay nixon

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Willem Dafoe is my GOD.
May 31, 2011

Super Reviewer

Apparently there is a downside to pornography. Who knew?!?!
April 23, 2011
Randy Tippy

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