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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 9, 2003
Escrita em 1945, a história concebida por Arthur Miller continua tragicamente atual. Felizmente, o diretor estreante Neal Slavin consegue capturar toda a complexidade e inteligência do livro em um filme engrandecido por ótimas atuações.
| Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 12, 2002
...exceptionally preachy...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
It serves as a forceful reminder of how small a difference there can be between unity and bigotry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Its fine cast, particularly Mr. Macy, lift it above its limitations and lend grace to its once-again timely message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 10, 2002
Its most relevant message for today is a warning against vigilante ethnic cleansing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 28, 2002
The most striking thing about the film is the use of color. First-time director Neal Slavin has the kind of eye for color one would expect from an award-winning photographer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 11, 2002
Put this one in the category of decent material, good cast, and misguided execution.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 4, 2002
No actor in the movies could have played this part better than Macy.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 4, 2002
This wearying dramatic thriller is one of most heavy-handed films to come out during a particularly unsubtle cinematic year.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 3, 2002
The limited success of Focus rests on the soundness of Miller's concept and the sturdy performances of Macy and Dern.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2002
The heavy hand of screenwriter-director makes for preachy viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
December 21, 2001
It's earnest but heavy-handed ... and seems quaintly dated.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 11, 2001
Focus may not be an important film, but it's an easy pill to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 9, 2001
Performances, the story's historical origins, and the inherent goodness and contemporaneity of its storyline make Focus a movie worth viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
Despite the filmmakers' best intentions, a story that once may have seemed daring feels predictable and unrewarding now.
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 7, 2001
What we're left with suspiciously resembles a moderately clever episode of The Twilight Zone.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 2, 2001
It is as heavyhanded as it is compelling, taking the subject of discrimination and turning it inside out, adding a new slant on corrupt thinking.
Yazmin Ghonaim
Cinephiles
November 26, 2001
Successfully presents its main character's reactions toward unsolicited events.
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
November 21, 2001
A little blurring here, less explicit sermonizing there and significant shades of gray throughout would have turned this film into something other than an exasperating jeremiad.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 20, 2001
A nifty little number with a great lead performance from the always reliable William H. Macy.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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