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Romance . Comedy . Crime . Drama

A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.

Actors: Griff Furst , Dotan Bonen , Brennan Brown , BD Wong , Adrian Martinez , Gerald McRaney , Robert Taylor , Rodrigo Santoro , Margot Robbie , Will Smith
Directors: Glenn Ficarra , John Requa
Release: 2015-02-27
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  • Richard Roeper

    This is just sheer, escapist entertainment from start to finish.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    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.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Focus begins so elegantly, wittily and quickly that it sets up expectations it can’t quite fulfill. Yet if not every coincidence can be explained, if not every improbability gets addressed, it’s a satisfying diversion in a winter which, as usual, has too few of them.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Focus is uncommonly good for a February release (damning with faint praise?) but may not clear the bar of being worthy of a trip through snow and ice to reach the multiplex. Star power, actor chemistry, and caper movie twists make for a nice diversion… but not much more.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    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. Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    What keeps the film humming along as smoothly as it does is the chemistry and charisma of its leads.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It’s beautifully photographed and entertaining, with charming performances by Will Smith and newcomer Margot Robbie that tease and tantalize. You won’t be bored.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Ficarra and Requa are good at creating a sense of momentum in their films that carries you along from scene to scene, and a film like this depends largely on chemistry. Smith and Robbie have bundles of it, so there is an easy pleasure to watching them circle each other.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    In spite of its incessant piling on of double-crosses and triple dog dares, Focus is a pleasant change from Academy Award seriousness. It's reassuring to see Smith resurrect the charisma that After Earth stripped away, and nice to see Robbie do anything, anytime.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The film is breezy from start to finish.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Smith and Robbie have great chemistry together, and neither of them try too hard to complicate their fun, sexy partnership.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    There's no honor among thieves, but there is dignity in Focus's ambition. And if the final film is more vodka ad than all-time classic, there's still no shame in pouring another cocktail and rewinding the tape.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    It never loses the dazzling surface polish, but without trying to dig deeper, the movie strings us along in the hopes of something more, not unlike one of the cons at its center.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    A genre movie like this one depends on pacing, and Focus hits at least three dead spots in the final act. Writer-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra get so much right -- the sleek look, the plot set-ups, those montages in New Orleans, the supporting cast -- that it's painful when they can't maintain Focus and land it, before and after the big reveal.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Focus only works if the balance of ingredients is right, and from the cast, Ficarra and Requa get everything they need.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Focus, which was co-written and directed by "Crazy Stupid Love" creators, Glen Ficarra and John Requa, is drunk on its perfume-ad cinematography and doesn’t know when to quit with its double-double cross plotting.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Will Smith and Margot Robbie bring low-key erotic chemistry to an easy simmer in Focus, a smooth, sophisticated, often amusing little caper flick.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Focus never quite comes into clear view. It's a muddled and twisting romantic caper that at times feels like Steven Soderbergh lite.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    After some overly talky revelations, the cornered writer/directors are forced to shatter their absurd shell game with a final act of violence that spoils the breezy, capering mood that prevailed for much of the movie.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Focus is a shiny, stylish shell game of a film that, much like its protagonists, relies on breezy chatter, a good sense of humor and a lot of misdirection to succeed.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The pieces click together nicely in what ends up being an overall enjoyable package.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Although it brings nothing new to the con-artist fold, or even anything thrilling, Focus is a seductive enough rehash that benefits from the built-in pleasures of the trade.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Nick de Semlyen

    This is maximum-gloss entertainment with its fair share of tricksy rug-pulls. But, like one of the neon-coloured cocktails Smith drinks in it, it’s more of an immediate rush than something you’ll remember in a year.

    Empire Full Review
  • Andrew Lowry

    With the story fit to burst with an Ocean's trilogy worth of hustles, tricks and grifts (some of them smart, others groan-inducing), at least Robbie is the genuine article – sharing playful chemistry with Smith, but ultimately stealing the movie from right under his nose.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    The chassis may be slick and speedy, but under the hood Focus lives up to its Ford-produced namesake: sturdy but not exactly stimulating.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    On the most basic level, the con-artist romance Focus is a Cary Grant movie in the "North By Northwest" or "Charade" mold.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    This con artist caper from the writer/director duo behind "Bad Santa" and "I Love You Philip Morris" bears some superficial resemblance to the 2005 romantic comedy "Hitch."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The movie pulls off the worst kind of con: the one that disappoints.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Screen chemistry between two individuals isn't really a pass/fail proposition. There are degrees involved. But let's pretend otherwise and say yes, Smith and Robbie pass, barely, with less than flying colors and in a pretty dull movie.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    This ultra-slick, fantasy-inducing visit to an international wonder world of wealth and deception plays more like an inventory of thieving and gambling techniques than a captivating diversion, even if it's hard not to be voyeuristically pulled in by some of its ruses.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Smith makes Nicky too obviously insincere, with a grating, gloomy edge – which means he never suckers you in, and the fun dries up before it ever starts.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Ms. Robbie, on the other hand, aces her role from the start; she’s got an unerring gift for romantic comedy. Still, the film itself comes to feel like a con, thanks to a script that’s too clever by two-thirds, and butterfingered in the ways of portraying love.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film turns out to instead be a strained trumpeting of the return of the proverbial king of the box office.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A weak villain, a couple of eye-rollingly unlikely cons and dead stretches that make 105 minutes play like 145 and you've got Focus, the last dog of February, where comatose con job movies are released to the sounds of silence.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Preposterous, slipshod, unfunny and emotionally null.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The emotional core of the movie, the relationship between Nicky and Jess, lacks impact, mostly because you can’t believe a word that they say, but also because Smith is not a strong leading man.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Will Smith may have run through every trick in his bag. In Focus, the one-time fresh prince and former box-office champ looks tired, bored and, even worse, uninspired.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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