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½ September 7, 2015
Interesting, somewhat disturbing.
½ June 14, 2015
The two leads are very strong and the implosion that was Crane's life is sad.Excellent acting in a good,downer of a story but one well told.
½ April 25, 2015
William Defoe at his sleazy best.
Kurt Fuller great as Klink.
September 24, 2014
This memorable bio-pic of sex-addicted Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane features beguiling performances from Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe, but Paul Schrader's dour, didactic direction combines with the already dark subject matter to create a viewing experience both graphic and grim. Like a clumsy Addie Bundren, Schrader uses images of addiction to condemn Crane's addiction to images, almost as if daring the audience to likewise denounce his film. I took him up on it. Rent it--at your own peril.
½ November 6, 2014
A movie that looks in to the perverted life of Bob Crane. The movie is well acted. However, the life of Bob Crane is not that interesting other than he was a sex addict and a loser.
½ April 21, 2014
Great biopic. Definitely worth a watch.
April 20, 2014
Strong performances by Greg Kinnear and Willem Defoe bring to the forefront this look at a life on the skids caused by sex and pornography addiction typified by the tragic story of the likable star of TV's popular Hogan's Heroes.
March 2, 2013
Schrader reaches the edge of cinema and parcell of trutrhfulness.
October 11, 2013
Dynamic cast brings to life a compelling and slyly humorous but nonjudgmental screenplay of the sexually addicted tragedy of publicly beloved, privately polarizing entertainer Bob Crane. With creative visuals and an easily digestible yet darkly comedic tone , Schrader has produced another winning metaphor of struggling American masculinity.
May 19, 2013
Kinnear and Dafoe were good. The story dragged on.
½ March 1, 2013
Bob Crane story!Just!
August 18, 2007
Mildly interesting, but sleazy.
½ January 6, 2013
An interesting story (based on real life events), but I found myself not caring much for the main character, and also the movie seemed to drag a little towards the end.
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Super Reviewer
April 13, 2010
I admire the character Bob Crane who is known for acting in the 1960's TV series "Hogan's Heroes" but there is a haunting personal side of Crane I didn't know and that was his passion (actually his obsession) with photography and video equipment while mixing it in with his sexual escapades with women. Filmmaker Paul Schrader knows these characters inside out from his Travis Bickle, to Wade Whithouse and even Mishima. It is Crane's personal dark obsession that I instantly noticed.

The first half is filled with Crane's happy life(Schrader and his crew uses bright colors to suggest the feeling) as the film reaches the early 1970's the colors start to drab a little and the camera movement becomes shaky because Crane's life at that time was getting WAY to shaky. Greg Kinnear was born to play the DJ/Actor sensation and Dafoe is creepy as John Carpenter.

Premise: Auto Focus is a cautionary tale of addiction. What kills Crane, it says, is a lethal combination of sex, video, and celebrity: Because of his fame he can go to bed with a different woman (or several) every night. And because the mid-'60s marks the birth of a new technology-home video-and he's pals with a celebrity hanger-on named John Carpenter (a prodigiously cretinous Willem Dafoe) who works at Sony, he can videotape his conquests and relive them whenever he wants to. Which is basically all the time.
Super Reviewer
½ November 20, 2012
Watchable, but not recommendable.
October 8, 2012
Very hypnotic subject.
July 7, 2012
If you like boobs...this movie is for you. Outside of that I felt that this movie was a bit overacted. Greg Kinnear isn't a convincing Bob Crane.
June 9, 2012
as 'bob crane' says during the course of the film: "sex is normal", but his addiction and obsession with sex (and crane's self-made porn) not so much...great preformances as well as a story that draws you in and makes you wonder who really did kill bob crane?
Super Reviewer
½ August 20, 2007
Extremely dark but with good acting.
½ May 27, 2012
A solid movie about a bizarre story. The special features on the DVD offer helpful insight into the real events.
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