Focus works hard and does manage to generate entertainment. But, the strain shows, and the creative team (also responsible for writing Bad Santa and I Love You Philip Morris) can't seem to blend wit with plot complexity.
Spending almost two hours in the dark with Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone is really so much fun that you're to be forgiven if you don't realize, by the time you walk out, that you've just seen a very important film.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is the summer's most enjoyably surprising film: a comedy that knows how to pay more attention to the feelings it explores than to creating a conveyor belt for punchlines. It earns its laughs -- and then some.
Phillip Morris is a politically-incorrect movie that happens to be a gay romantic comedy. It's also a wild story of an outlandishly nervy con man whose scams ultimately are all perpetrated in the name of love.