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Circuit (2001)



Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

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A man hoping to move out of the closet falls into a trap of drug-fueled hedonism in this cautionary drama. John (Jonathan Wade Drahos) is a police officer from a small town who is forced to leave his career behind when it is discovered that he's gay. Hoping to find more tolerant surroundings, John moves to West Hollywood and rents an apartment with Nina (Kiersten Warren), an old friend from his high school days. One night, John attends a party where he meets Hector (Andre Khabazzi), an


Drama, Gay & Lesbian

Gregory Hinton, Dirk Shafer

Dec 10, 2002

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Like most movies about the pitfalls of bad behavior ... Circuit gets drawn into the party.

September 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Like Showgirls and Glitter, the most entertaining moments here are unintentional.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's too soap opera-ish to carry the heavy weight of the morality play Shafer has fashioned.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Kitschy, flashy, overlong soap opera.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A sudsy cautionary tale.

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Mostly, Shafer and co-writer Gregory Hinton lack a strong-minded viewpoint, or a sense of humor.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The film itself is about something very interesting and odd that would probably work better as a real documentary without the insinuation of mediocre acting or a fairly trite narrative.

June 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Director Dirk Shafer and co-writer Greg Hinton ride the dubious divide where gay porn reaches for serious drama.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

What's most memorable about Circuit is that it's shot on digital video, whose tiny camera enables Shafer to navigate spaces both large ... and small ... with considerable aplomb.

May 30, 2002
New Times

It's a thin notion, repetitively stretched out to feature length, awash in self-consciously flashy camera effects, droning house music and flat, flat dialogue.

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Once again, the intelligence of gay audiences has been grossly underestimated, and a meaty plot and well-developed characters have been sacrificed for skin and flash that barely fizzle.

April 29, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

A clichéd and shallow cautionary tale about the hard-partying lives of gay men.

April 26, 2002

The film is really closer to porn than a serious critique of what's wrong with this increasingly pervasive aspect of gay culture.

April 25, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An unashamed gay interest soft-porn flick with lashings of sex, drugs, and dance music.

April 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

Coupling disgracefully written dialogue with flailing bodily movements that substitute for acting, Circuit is the awkwardly paced soap opera-ish story.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source:

...what a banal bore the preachy Circuit turns out to be

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

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