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In New York, during the height of World War II, an American community begins to unravel when a man and his wife become victims of mistaken identity. Lawrence Newman is an ordinary man who does not want to stand out in a dangerous world. Even when a woman is attacked outside his Brooklyn window, he remains quiet about what he saw, unwilling to make waves and so fearful, he even begins to question what he truly saw. But then unassuming Newman and his outspoken new wife, Gertrude, become caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Slowly ostracized at home and work, they learn the value of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It serves as a forceful reminder of how small a difference there can be between unity and bigotry."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A powerful though overwrought study of bigotry and fear."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"...exceptionally preachy..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The limited success of Focus rests on the soundness of Miller's concept and the sturdy performances of Macy and Dern."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"No actor in the movies could have played this part better than Macy."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The topic certainly suits the times, but the director's approach is as alienating as it is old-fashioned."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Its fine cast, particularly Mr. Macy, lift it above its limitations and lend grace to its once-again timely message."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Put this one in the category of decent material, good cast, and misguided execution."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The heavy hand of screenwriter-director makes for preachy viewing."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Focus is well-meaning, but it's all looks with no substance."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Its most relevant message for today is a warning against vigilante ethnic cleansing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This wearying dramatic thriller is one of most heavy-handed films to come out during a particularly unsubtle cinematic year."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It's earnest but heavy-handed ... and seems quaintly dated."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
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