New Focus movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/drama flick, “Focus,” into theaters this weekend, and the top movie critics have submitted all of their reviews. It turns out that they were pretty mixed about it, giving it an overall 56 score out of a possible 100 across 40 reviews at Metacritic.com.
The movie stars: Will Smith, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney and Margot Robbie. We’ve added blurbs from a few of the critics,below.
Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a nice 88 score, saying: “This is just sheer, escapist entertainment from start to finish.”
James Rocchi from TheWrap, gave it a great 80 score, stating: “Like a perfect cocktail mixes the sour with the sweet and the bright with the boozy, Focus combines seamless, superbly-crafted filmmaking with the fizz and fun created by its leads.”
Christy Lemire at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “Co-stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie remain consistently charismatic, even once the script for this heist caper collapses in a punishing pile of its own twists and double-crosses.”
Chris Nashawaty over at Entertainment Weekly gave it a good 75. He said: “What keeps the film humming along as smoothly as it does is the chemistry and charisma of its leads.”
A.O. Scott from The New York Times, gave it a 70 score. He stated: ” The preposterousness of the story doesn’t seem like a rip-off, since the twists in the plot, for the most part, pay off nicely.”
Betsy Sharkey from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 70 grade, saying: “The film is breezy from start to finish.” Peter Debruge from Variety, gave it a 70. He said: “While not quite the “art” it’s billed to be, if the perfect con is about diverting one’s focus, then this one keeps you distracted till the end.”
Ty Burr at the Boston Globe, gave it a 63, stating: “There’s a terrific popcorn movie in Focus — a con-game romantic comedy that bubbles along on a playful high and that keeps the audience guessing in a state of delighted suspension of disbelief. Unfortunately, that movie is over after 40 minutes, and Focus still has another hour or so to go.”
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 63 as well, saying: “I’m a sucker for caper movies in which impossibly clever con artists do impossibly dangerous things while looking impossibly gorgeous. I could feel Focus trying to be that caper. I’m not asking for nirvana, such as Hitchcock’s “Notorious” or David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” just a taste of sexy escapism. A taste is all you get in Focus, but it’ll do till the whole enchilada comes along.”Read More..>>