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Focus (15)

Focus (15)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

In the midst of veteran con man Nicky's latest scheme, a woman from his past - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up and throws his plans for a loop.

The critical consensus

Don't expect this con-artist flick to break the mould. Do expect lots of splashy glamour, a few neat twists and a radiant Robbie.

***(*)(*)Andrew Lowry, Total Film, 25/02/2015

Hitch meets The Sting. 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.

***(*)(*)Nick de Semlyen, Empire Online, 25/02/2015

Gorgeous actors? Check. Extraordinarily furnished interiors? Check. This could have been a defining grifter flick – if they had cut the final third.

***(*)(*)Jordan Hoffman, The Guardan, 25/02/2015

Focus is simply one of those empty, know-it-all tales about grifters working scams, and each other, wrapped around an equally vapid love story.

**(*)(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 25/02/2015

An ill-judged star vehicle that barely makes it out of the pit lane.

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Blohm, Little White Lies, 26/02/2015

It passes in a blur of dullness.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/02/2015

The film overall, though, is ultimately as tricksy and superficial as its characters.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 27/02/2015

Smith looks impressive every time he removes his shirt but the film is slight and silly.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 27/02/2015

This sub Ocean’s Eleven-style con movie acknowledges all the genre clichés without subverting any of them.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 28/02/2015

Smith and Robbie have strong chemistry and there are some well constructed set-pieces.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 01/03/2015

Flimsy doesn’t begin to cover it, although Adrian Martinez has fun in a sidekick role, of which he makes the scene-stealing most.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 01/03/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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