Escrita em 1945, a história concebida por Arthur Miller continua tragicamente atual. Felizmente, o diretor estreante Neal Slavin consegue capturar toda a complexidade e inteligência do livro em um filme engrandecido por ótimas atuações.
| Original Score: 5/5
| Original Score: 1/4
It serves as a forceful reminder of how small a difference there can be between unity and bigotry.
| Original Score: 3/4
Its fine cast, particularly Mr. Macy, lift it above its limitations and lend grace to its once-again timely message.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Its most relevant message for today is a warning against vigilante ethnic cleansing.
| Original Score: C+
The most striking thing about the film is the use of color. First-time director Neal Slavin has the kind of eye for color one would expect from an award-winning photographer.
Put this one in the category of decent material, good cast, and misguided execution.
| Original Score: B-
No actor in the movies could have played this part better than Macy.
This wearying dramatic thriller is one of most heavy-handed films to come out during a particularly unsubtle cinematic year.
The limited success of Focus rests on the soundness of Miller's concept and the sturdy performances of Macy and Dern.
The heavy hand of screenwriter-director makes for preachy viewing.
It's earnest but heavy-handed ... and seems quaintly dated.
Focus may not be an important film, but it's an easy pill to swallow.
| Original Score: B+
Performances, the story's historical origins, and the inherent goodness and contemporaneity of its storyline make Focus a movie worth viewing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Despite the filmmakers' best intentions, a story that once may have seemed daring feels predictable and unrewarding now.
What we're left with suspiciously resembles a moderately clever episode of The Twilight Zone.
It is as heavyhanded as it is compelling, taking the subject of discrimination and turning it inside out, adding a new slant on corrupt thinking.
Successfully presents its main character's reactions toward unsolicited events.
A little blurring here, less explicit sermonizing there and significant shades of gray throughout would have turned this film into something other than an exasperating jeremiad.
A nifty little number with a great lead performance from the always reliable William H. Macy.
| Original Score: 6/10