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A con artist (Will Smith) takes on an inexperienced apprentice in this crime comedy from the filmmaking duo behind Crazy Stupid Love, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Focus may have a few too many twists and turns, but it nearly skates by on its glamorous setting and the charm of its stars.
Smith is vaguely world-weary as Nicky, and his charisma is more than sufficient to carry a goofy 100-minute caper film.
It's a shiny, diverting ride. (And right about now, that's OK.)
Focus takes some pride in its tidy arrangement of con-man movie clichés.
That sound you hear is the high-fives in the writers' room, and that, unfortunately, is where the filmmakers' focus remains.
This is the kind of movie where we're not supposed to know at any time who is playing whom, but since the characterizations are glossy and paper-thin, it's difficult to get worked up about who gets fleeced.
A slick and entertaining cocktail of crime and romance in which Smith plays a, wait for it, bad guy. Sort of.
[For Smith,] Focus isn't a full return to brilliance but a welcome stop, hopefully, on the way there.
The mix of longtime star and minx on the rise is one tasty element in the success of a movie that approaches the modest goals and effortless allure of a 60-year-old Hitchcock.
Entertaining and surprisingly unpredictable.
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