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Critic Reviews for Circus
Despite some creative casting and a few good twists, Circus never manages to rise above its muddled screenplay.
Another Tarantino wannabe film that falls flat on its face artistically...
El Círculo del Crimen no aporta nada al género y es de esas películas que logran dar pena ajena
Too many twists and turns, from too many unexpected angles.
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Audience Reviews for Circus
There's nothing more tedious than a movie that thinks it's being clever but hasn't the wit to disguise it's twists so the audience isn't already ahead of the reveal. The only surprise the movie managed was to not add one lass tedious turn in the epilogue. A few decent performances are hampered with awkward dialogue and insistence on giving characters qwerks to define them instead of depth.
This is one of those movies where the director tries to make a smart and clever movie but instead ends up a muddled and only mildly engrossing film. John Hannah is well cast and he comes off the best in the cast, but the characters are so unsavory that it never really drew me into the film. It's a bunch of nasty people doing a lot of nasty things.
Undoubtedly made in the image of Lock Stock, etc. but whoever made Circus got the formula all wrong. Nobody likes those movies because they like seeing people be double, triple, and quadruple crossed (I really think someone literally quadruple crossed someone in Circus), they like them because of the followable twists and turns that come with people getting into and then out of deep $hit, with a heavy emphasis placed on "followable." I'll admit that I have a general weakness for the genre, though, and liked Circus okay because of it, but I could make a grocery list of problems aside from the crossing that I mentioned. The music was TERRIBLE! Noir sometimes. Discotheque sometimes. It was awful and poorly used. One character in particular had no confirmed resolution. And the main character (John Hannah) comes off as this clever genius with access to a hefty amount of money to pay a blackmail, yet he can't pay off his bookie? I don't know. I'm kicking myself for each of the three stars that I give this, but I really did like it okay, it's just... bush-league.
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