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Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 13,004


Movie Info

From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Narnia) invite you and your family on an all new 3D adventure: Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away. A young couple who is separated, must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other, as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers. This Holiday Season, Cirque du Soleil brings … More

PG (for some dramatic images and mild sensuality)
Documentary , Kids & Family , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Mar 12, 2013
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (23)

For older kids or grown-ups who've dreamed of joining the circus, it's a wildly imaginative treat.

Full Review… | December 26, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This big-screen vehicle for the popular performance troupe would be more bearable if the exhibitors passed out earplugs along with the 3-D glasses.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's refreshing to sit back and bask in the sheer joy with which these brightly costumed, stunningly agile performers navigate fire, water and air.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

What the movie lacks, unfortunately, is coherence.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Cirque du Soleil: World's Away" is a rare entertainment, being for the benefit of everyone.

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Even if the film is no substitute for the real thing, it is at least an effective advertisement.

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic's a tourism brochure, a very long, very sparkly infomercial for one-handed pushups...

Full Review… | March 18, 2013

Designed as pure confection for the eyes, this largely wordless fare is perfect for kids (how many G-rated films are there around?) and for any stressed-out office worker eager for something to unwind to.

Full Review… | March 17, 2013

The miracle of the live Cirque du Soleil experience simply does not translate into film. I felt as though I had been invited to an extravagant banquet and while I was able to admire what was on offer, I never got close enough to satisfy my appetite

Full Review… | February 16, 2013
Urban Cinefile

It's solemn, tasteless, overdressed, a circus smelling of Chanel No 5 rather than sweat and sawdust.

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
Observer [UK]

If the less-than-compelling plot leads you to drift off, it won't be long before another tour-de-force of agility or grace jerks you awake.

Full Review… | February 2, 2013
Movie Talk

A drippy linking story only reinforces the concert video feel, and it inevitably lacks the spark of live performance.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Daily Telegraph

It's all beautifully choreographed, the performers are remarkable and the set design is wonderful, but even in 3D, writer/director Andrew Adamson's film lacks the exhilarating thrill of seeing the shows live.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Radio Times

A stronger storyline might have helped.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
This is London

Going to a real circus is much more fun.

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Sun Online

The female lead only says one word during Worlds Away: "Help". I know exactly how she feels.

Full Review… | January 31, 2013

The film doesn't convey a sense of danger to Cirque's trapeze ballets and you'll struggle to find any sort of narrative logic to the Mexican wrestlers bouncing to Elvis numbers.

Full Review… | January 28, 2013

The lack of focus on a single story makes it feel more like a highlight reel or infomercial more than anything.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is fine to look at, but good luck feeling anything.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Austin Chronicle

As a showcase for Cirque's astonishing assortment of shows, it's a must-see for fans.

Full Review… | December 27, 2012

Feel free to gorge, but know that catering to every taste never produces a great meal.

Full Review… | December 26, 2012
Boston Phoenix

Spectacular, but without a real story, it might bore kids.

Full Review… | December 23, 2012
Common Sense Media

The flawless artistry of the human form defying physics and physiology with effortless grace, spiked with pathos, wit, romance, or mystery, is a marvel to behold.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Killer Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away


Ok, for starters this isn't really a movie, as it's a compilation of performances strung together giving you the experience of one of these shows. I've only seen like small sets, and never an actual full performance and I gotta say, what this group does is amazing. Visually, this is one of the best movies for blu ray(can't say for 3D, haven't seen in 3D, but I'm sure it looks awesome). Now, having said that, I have no idea what the hell went on or if there was a story being told at all(which I'm sure there was). Emily made the comment that is absolutely true, "if we ever get high, we have to watch this", because this is the type of thing to watch like that. Its trippy as hell in parts. It's entertaining to watch, but don't expect to comprehend much of it, and if you do you're much smarter than me and please let me know what you got out of it. I got that it's a story about love, but other than that, I got nothing but "Wow, that looks crazy!" Also, anything with Beatles music is great in my book. Worth a watch? Absolutely, but not if you want to watch a "movie", but if you want to watch something different, unique, and more of an "experience".

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


Mesmerizing acrobatics that would undoubtedly be better in a live theatre. The star-crossed lovers frame story of Mia and the Aerialist is pretty bland, but their swings routine at the end is beautiful. Sexiest kiss since upside-down Spidey: The Aerialist performs a parallel Iron Cross (or something), and Mia hangs onto his neck as they soar up and share their first kiss. Aww.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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