Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away Reviews

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R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
December 20, 2012
The movie is something of a compositional nightmare, worlds away, one might say, from the artistry so associated with Cirque.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2012
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.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
January 28, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Stuart Heritage
Guardian
January 31, 2013
The female lead only says one word during Worlds Away: "Help". I know exactly how she feels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
January 31, 2013
Going to a real circus is much more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
December 26, 2012
Feel free to gorge, but know that catering to every taste never produces a great meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
February 1, 2013
A drippy linking story only reinforces the concert video feel, and it inevitably lacks the spark of live performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 16, 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
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
December 21, 2012
On the plus side, multiplex pricing is much more affordable than any ticket to an actual Cirque du Soleil performance. Perhaps one should consider Worlds Away to be the best Groupon deal of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 20, 2012
Inevitably, every time Adamson begins to involve the movie audience in the tumbling and wire work, the editor cuts to a different angle, breaking audience identification and concentration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 20, 2012
Loyal fans may love the nonstop riot of imagery and music, though others may not even comprehend what's happening on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 20, 2012
It's a big promo reel, and not a carefully disguised one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
December 20, 2012
"Worlds Away" functions solely as some sort of bargain sampler platter appetizer, never proving it has a real reason of its own to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 14, 2013
The lack of focus on a single story makes it feel more like a highlight reel or infomercial more than anything.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 3, 2013
It's solemn, tasteless, overdressed, a circus smelling of Chanel No 5 rather than sweat and sawdust.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
January 4, 2013
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is fine to look at, but good luck feeling anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
December 18, 2012
A lengthy 3D infomercial for the high-priced troupe's Las Vegas shows..suggests an overly precious avant-gardeist with too much money and time on his hands.
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
December 20, 2012
The technically well-made movie simply can't replicate the live experience of a Cirque show, and at just over 90 minutes, Worlds Away still feels long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
December 20, 2012
A moderately enjoyable film that lacks the awe-inspiring visual and aural aplomb of Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil's live shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 20, 2012
It's eye-catching without ultimately amounting to much more than a pleasant but innocuous diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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