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Auto Focus Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 29, 2002
...despite a certain elegance of construction and execution, Auto Focus is a movie that sounds more compelling than it plays
Full Review| Original Score: C+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2002
We watch a life fall apart as one could observe an organism under a microscope -- with neither passion nor compassion. It comes awfully close to an exercise in morbidity.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 25, 2002
With its emphasis on 'what' and 'who,' there's plenty of information to ponder, but I did wish the movie gave more thought to why video killed the sitcom star.
Eric D. Snider
November 16, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 1, 2002
It never answers the key question: Why should we care?
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
October 28, 2002
It's like parking yourself in front of a porn palace and watching the procession of men going in and out, without really learning anything about them.
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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Ultimately one-dimensional and superficial look into the life of Bob Crane...
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
October 15, 2002
While the disconcerting visual style and the long, dull stretches that cover the same ground over and over again did not work for me, I will say that the acting is tremendously good.
Christopher Null
October 15, 2002
All told, it's worth a peek for Kinnear's bravery, but let's be honest, that Anna Nicole show is just as unsettling.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 20, 2007
Out of focus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
October 16, 2002
Despite excellent performances, this sordid story of the rise and decline of a modestly talented actor elicits little sympathy. It's a tawdry, turgid saga of self-destruction that leaves an aftertaste of profound sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 17, 2002
Morality takes a beating in 'Auto Focus,' a film more suitable for stag parties than for multiplexes.
Rob Blackwelder
October 23, 2002
Unless Bob Crane is someone of particular interest to you, this film's impressive performances and adept direction aren't likely to leave a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 15, 2002
This sexaholic Lost Weekend is way too punitive -- the celebrity version of Looking For Mr. Goodbar.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 25, 2002
With nary a glimmer of self-knowledge, [Crane] becomes more specimen than character -- and Auto Focus remains a chilly, clinical lab report.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2002
Although Kinnear looks the part, he's never able to capture Crane's intangible charm, a peculiar mix of leering slickness and affable class clown.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 1, 2002
You may want to fast-forward to a movie with a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 29, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003
Crane, a lecher sporting a cardigan grin, was a bore, and so is much of the movie Schrader has made about him.
October 25, 2002
The movie is well done but the 'ooh ick' factor is pretty high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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