The Invisible Circus Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
Top Critic
February 7, 2001

A woefully tame and pallid affair.

Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 7, 2001

Never finds a rhythm it's comfortable with, nor much to say that's not been said before.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
February 7, 2001

The Invisible Circus embraces many of the themes of these and other films, but, as adrift as its two sister heroines, refuses to settle upon what it is really about.

David Edelstein
Slate
Top Critic
February 7, 2001

The film is overnarrated and in spots overwritten, but Brooks ... does well with actors, and he has coaxed an extraordinary performance out of the young Jordana Brewster.

Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
February 7, 2001

Part beautifully shot European travelogue and part moving exploration of the darker side of the hippie era's rabid idealism.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
February 5, 2001

For whatever reason, Brooks has decided to distance his characters from the audience, and the result is a cold, uninvolving experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com
February 5, 2001

Lacks the cohesion needed to keep the viewer's interest.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
February 2, 2001

The Invisible Circus has its heart in the right place, but its hippie-dippie, flower-power motif never really goes anywhere or say anything new.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 2, 2001

In adapting Jennifer Egan's first novel, writer-turned-director Adam Brooks has mined just about every sixties cliché imaginable.

Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
Top Critic
February 2, 2001

A weak coming-of-age story, an unintriguing mystery, a flaccid romance, and period piece that barely evokes its period.

William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 2, 2001

One more failed attempt to make a definitive statement about that indefinable revolution-in-consciousness that was the 1960s.

Rod Armstrong
Reel.com
February 2, 2001

Flimsy and uninvolving.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
John Anderson
Newsday
Top Critic
February 2, 2001

Movie hits one note and holds it for 90-odd minutes.

A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
February 2, 2001

The Invisible Circus ... doesn't so much illuminate Phoebe's confusion as share it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
February 2, 2001

Another murky film about the 1970s that's watchable mostly for its cast rather than the story.

Dave White
IFilm
February 2, 2001

You should pay nine bucks to see this if: you're a hard-core Cameron Diaz fan.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
February 2, 2001

This sort of material probably would fare better in the hands of an inexperienced novelist -- who has more of an opportunity to explore inner states -- than an inexperienced filmmaker.


E! Online
February 2, 2001

This cinematic big top is worth the price of admission.

Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 2, 2001

The Invisible Circus remains true to its title, difficult to see the point of or enjoy.

Chris Barsanti
Citysearch
February 2, 2001

Alluring, but ultimately insubstantial.

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