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The Last Circus Reviews

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Una LaMarche
New York Observer
August 24, 2011
You're left with the vague recollection of an interesting movie you were watching before you got kidnapped and subjected to over an hour of torture porn starring a fat, sadistic clown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 26, 2011
Unhinged black comedy that serves, for better or worse, as a heavy-handed allegory of Franco's Spain.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Cabin
August 11, 2011
There are moments of great, caustic humor and delirious melodrama throughout The Last Circus. But as a whole, the film lacks the consistency, sorrow, and tremendous imagination of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth
| Original Score: 3/5
Shawn Levy
September 8, 2011
There's a lusty depravity in play here, and a wild verve informs the film, but it's not particularly coherent, and after time the sloppiness of the technique wears you down more than the little perks of audacity manage to lift you.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 19, 2011
The emotional aberration and physical disfigurement, the violence different in feel from the US crew-cut variety, the revenge, the bursts of sick humor, do not meld well here.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
This strange film involving four clowns and an acrobat sounds like the setup for a joke, but it turns out not to be very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 30, 2011
From the far-too-teeming brain of Spanish writer/director Alex de la Iglesia, The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia
July 4, 2011
A one-of-a-kind experience that will confound, befuddle and amaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 16, 2011
Baroquely sinister and grotesquely funny.
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
April 22, 2011
The filmmaker's lack of discipline ultimately mars the subtext, but the brazen fusion of Jodorowsky and Tashlin remains a heady mix that shows how timid and safe Pan's Labyrinth really was.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
October 1, 2011
Basque director Álex de la Iglesia's exotic, surreal, hilarious, bloody and utterly explosive grand opus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Craig Mathieson
June 23, 2011
The director mixes and matches with mordant wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 7, 2011
Álex de la Iglesia holds back nothing, a strategy that generates a compelling sense of the phantasmagoric nightmarishness of Franco's Spain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 24, 2011
Leave any semblance of sensitivity at the box office and enjoy this breathlessly paced, visually busy, certifiably nutty slice of Spanish surrealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Gibron
September 11, 2011
The Last Circus is simply amazing. It's the kind of titanic tour de force you don't see in today's cookie cutter cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 19, 2011
Take Fellini, Tarantino and "Taxi Driver," throw 'em in a cage with a lion, and you'd get this strange, wild trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 29, 2011
a sensational surreal horror/comedy fairy tale co-written and directed by Basque auteur Alex de la Iglesia
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Staci Layne Wilson
October 4, 2011
All in all, it's a visual, aural and visceral kick in the ass.
Jeremy Heilman
July 12, 2011
Sure to inspire a cult of fervent fans, but equally sure to repulse a great percentage of its viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 54/100
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 17, 2011
Plenty of moments linger...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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