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Auto Focus Reviews

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David Keyes
June 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Ultimately one-dimensional and superficial look into the life of Bob Crane...
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2009
A repetitive and disappointingly shallow look at what is in fact an intriguing Hollywood mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 20, 2007
Out of focus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 28, 2004
Sempre fascinante, o filme traz Greg Kinnear e Willem Dafoe em performances absolutamente impecáveis.
| Original Score: 5/5
March 4, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 19, 2003
Another probing case history of male pathology from one of the most consistently interesting American film-makers alive.
Jurgen Fauth
October 15, 2003
Given its lurid subject matter, the film is astoundingly bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
July 29, 2003
..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.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 1, 2003
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.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 26, 2003
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 7, 2003
It's a compelling watch, but moves no further than being an exploratory film about Crane's demise due to his sex addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 2, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 21, 2003
Even if you've never watched an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Auto Focus is worth a spin in your DVD player.
| Original Score: A-
Linda Ruth Williams
Sight and Sound
March 4, 2003
An exemplary Schrader work, a painfully funny and misanthropic treatise on American masculinity and its sexualised image.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 23, 2003
More like a peep show than a character study.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nev Pierce
February 18, 2003
Kinnear delivers an excellent performance and the delirious imagery lingers for months.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 16, 2003
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2003
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.
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