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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 9, 2003
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
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
It serves as a forceful reminder of how small a difference there can be between unity and bigotry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Its fine cast, particularly Mr. Macy, lift it above its limitations and lend grace to its once-again timely message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
June 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 10, 2002
Its most relevant message for today is a warning against vigilante ethnic cleansing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 28, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
January 11, 2002
Put this one in the category of decent material, good cast, and misguided execution.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 4, 2002
No actor in the movies could have played this part better than Macy.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 3, 2002
The limited success of Focus rests on the soundness of Miller's concept and the sturdy performances of Macy and Dern.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 11, 2001
Focus may not be an important film, but it's an easy pill to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 9, 2001
Performances, the story's historical origins, and the inherent goodness and contemporaneity of its storyline make Focus a movie worth viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 2, 2001
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.
Yazmin Ghonaim
November 26, 2001
Successfully presents its main character's reactions toward unsolicited events.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 20, 2001
A nifty little number with a great lead performance from the always reliable William H. Macy.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 16, 2001
A powerful though overwrought study of bigotry and fear.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 16, 2001
Slavin's film has all the trademarks of Miller's plays: the humorless solemnity, the affected poetry-of-the-common-man dialogue, the liberal conscience sputtering with indignation, shocked - shocked - at the idea of man's inhumanity to man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Croatto
November 9, 2001
Although Focus ... is frequently thought-provoking and well acted, it's not the success it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
November 9, 2001
Despite the contextual problems, the acting is terrific all around.
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
March 27, 2009
Top Critic
September 22, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Ebert & Roeper
November 22, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
... many will find contemporary resonance ... but the idea of judging people by the way they look is not new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 17, 2001
Kevin Devine
November 11, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
November 2, 2001
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