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Focus Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
The best thing about Focus, as with any successful caper flick, is that you are never quite certain when the con is on and when it's off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
July 13, 2016
It's one of those movies where everything turns out to be a con so you never have to think about which thing is a con, meaning you can sit back and enjoy an OK-enough comedy about a May-December relationship built on a foundation of gambling and thievery.
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
May 28, 2016
It reminds us why he became a star in the first place, and provides a glimpse of where he might go from here.
Dee O'Donoghue
Film Ireland Magazine
May 12, 2016
Regardless of its gleaming production and costume design, smooth technical style and frisky musical score, Focus is largely seductive because Smith and Robbie are the seducers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
April 27, 2016
While Focus is probably instructive for those wanting to know how to create a diversion and steal a wallet, it lacks the tension and jeopardy required to give this film the momentum it needs to be more than just forgettable fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 10, 2016
Vacuum-packed free of charm and charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
February 23, 2016
Ficarra and Requa understand the genre and know what makes it effective-they just can't quite execute correctly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
December 31, 2015
Focus takes some pride in its tidy arrangement of con-man movie clichés.
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Sophie Gilbert
The Atlantic
December 31, 2015
If it's so easy to guess what women want, why is this movie so utterly devoid of any of it?
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
December 30, 2015
A slick and entertaining cocktail of crime and romance in which Smith plays a, wait for it, bad guy. Sort of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Blaustein
ABC News Radio
December 30, 2015
Entertaining and surprisingly unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV
December 22, 2015
The first half of the film... is somewhat entertaining, and some of the comedic dialogue in that section also periodically hits. It is the second half of the film, set three years later in Buenos Aires, where things fall very flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
December 18, 2015
Focus stars Will Smith as a master con artist who lets a small-time scammer into his crew, and into his heart. Or... wait, does he?
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
December 18, 2015
Focus has so many elements that I enjoy in a movie, but I wish its casting hadn't made me spend so much time pondering who should have played the male lead in this picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
December 1, 2015
If the movie nonetheless leaves us feeling unsatisfied, that's because the characters, reduced to flies in the writers' tangled web, never quite give us a reason to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 19, 2015
Focus was made by the writing/directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa... The twisted charm [their] earlier titles generated is utterly missing this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Helen O'Hara
GQ Magazine [UK]
August 17, 2015
If it feels like the prequel to a smoother, pacier heist film, at least this is sufficiently charming that we might see a follow-up one day.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
June 21, 2015
Can't con us into believing
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
June 1, 2015
After a solid decade of dreck, the seductive con man rom-com Focus allows star Will Smith to slip into a little suave adult sophistication, while rehabbing his image by playing the familiar part of the brash, smooth-talking charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Espino
The Young Folks
May 31, 2015
No new ground is covered, no unknown secrets revealed, but instead you get a mildly entertaining trip into the world of professional crime by some attractive, terrible people.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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