• PG-13, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Schrader
    In Theaters:
    Oct 18, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 18, 2003
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Auto Focus Reviews

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David Keyes

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 Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2013
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: B-

July 25, 2012
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

| Original Score: 5/5

April 28, 2004
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

October 19, 2003
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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.

| Original Score: B

September 6, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

..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 Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2003

Sunday Times (Australia)

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 4/4

July 7, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 1, 2003
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

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

June 26, 2003
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 7/10

May 16, 2003
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 21, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

April 7, 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

April 2, 2003
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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-

March 21, 2003
Matthew Turner

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

March 8, 2003
Linda Ruth Williams
Sight and Sound

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

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

March 4, 2003
Nev Pierce

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

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 18, 2003
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Along with director Paul Schrader ... Kinnear turns what could have been an exploitative, big-screen True Hollywood Story into a fascinating and compassionate portrait of an addictive personality.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

December 2, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

offers a step-by-step course in how to transform yourself from church-going family man to professional sex addict; instead of being your average 12-step program, this personality overhaul takes Crane approximately 12 years to complete.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

November 25, 2002

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June 18, 2012
Leonard Maltin
April 2, 2011
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Ed Colley
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
July 19, 2003

March 25, 2003

March 17, 2003

March 11, 2003

This is London
March 8, 2003

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002
David Edelstein
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November 16, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 2, 2002
Rich Cline
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October 27, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
October 27, 2002
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