Auto Focus Reviews

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March 12, 2018
The movie's themes are aptly captured in the double entendre of the title, suggesting both Crane's narcissism and the video technology that abets it...a lot of Auto Focus is coolly funny--it's a slyly satiric comedy of '60s manners.
February 18, 2003
Kinnear delivers an excellent performance and the delirious imagery lingers for months.
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.
November 8, 2002
How do you make a movie with depth about a man who lacked any? On the evidence before us, the answer is clear: Not easily and, in the end, not well enough.
November 1, 2002
Admirably unconventional film.
November 1, 2002
It never answers the key question: Why should we care?
November 1, 2002
Watching this cold, detached movie, you never get the sense that Schrader cares one whit about Crane or is even curious about understanding the compulsions that wrecked his marriage and career and eventually cost him his life.
November 1, 2002
It's no fun to watch, but there's no denying the power of its point of view, of its two lead performances and of its claim to attention as an evocation of recent social history.
November 1, 2002
You may want to fast-forward to a movie with a point.
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.
October 31, 2002
The emptiness of serial seductions has never been painted in starker colors. And the message of Auto Focus stings and sticks with you.
October 29, 2002
While Auto Focus isn't very much fun to watch, it exerts a queasy, powerful hold on us.
October 29, 2002
Somewhat blurred, but Kinnear's performance is razor sharp.
October 29, 2002
Kinnear's performance is a career-defining revelation.
October 29, 2002
Michael Gerbosi's script is economically packed with telling scenes.
Top Critic
October 29, 2002
From the opening razzmatazz and Vegas lounge-band arrangements behind the credits, to the crime-lab murder scene itself, Mr. Schrader captures the air-conditioned look and feel of the Hollywood dream factory.
October 26, 2002
Kinnear ... gives his best screen performance with an oddly winning portrayal of one of life's ultimate losers.
October 25, 2002
A well-crafted film about the life and death of TV actor Bob Crane.
October 25, 2002
A compelling, sympathetic portrait.
October 25, 2002
Kinnear throws himself into the role, but because he's playing a bad actor who's unaware he's acting, his skill may not always be apparent.
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