Circle of Friends 1994

Circle of Friends

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At university in Dublin in 1957, awkward Benny (Minnie Driver) is introduced to handsome Jack (Chris O'Donnell), the son of a doctor who is unsure about following the family business. While Benny and Jack fall in love, Benny's old friend Nan (Saffron Burrows) is less fortunate. Nan wants to raise herself from her lower-class roots with a marriage, but her chosen man impregnates and abandons her. All three must grapple with conflicts between their physical desires and religious upbringings.

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Critic Reviews for Circle of Friends

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Three female friends grow up in a small town in Ireland in the mid-50s and attend college in Dublin in this nostalgic soap opera that's vaguely evocative of Peyton Place, though generally less memorable.

    March 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Old-fashioned and nostalgic, Pat O'Connor's nicely directed tale of friendship between three Irish girls features a strong central performance from Minnie Driver that promises a bright future in Hollywood pictures.

    April 27, 2007 | Rating: C+

    Emanuel Levy

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  • The fizzing dialogue gets all the little details right, but the plot's nothing new, and the lingering shots of hibernian greenery aim straight for mid-Atlantic bland-out.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Beyond eliciting warm, animated performances from his actors (with a cast that also includes Alan Cumming as a hair-raising suitor of Benny's), Mr. O'Connor gives Circle of Friends an enveloping look and sound.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.

    May 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for Circle of Friends

  • Apr 21, 2016
    If you like coming-of-age films, this one is great. 'Circle' follows three girlfriends from Confirmation through university. Minnie Driver is wonderful as Benny, the plain one. It is also interesting to see these actors - Minnie, Chris O'Donnell, Colin Firth, etc. in early roles in their careers.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i25.tinypic.com/11l3akn.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> for sexual content Circle of Friend is more a girl movie with teenage sexual problems, friendships,first love, betrayal and the Catholic traditions. All the characters were so likable, and the Irish locations were wonderful. Great performances by Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell, and Alan Cumming was great in this role, he played the bad role so well.( do you remember him as the NIGHTCRAWLER in Xmen?) Overall, a very beautiful movie with a lovely story. Simply beautiful, great directing and cast.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2007
    I kinda like it but Alan Cummings is such a creep in this.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2007
    Excellent adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel. Minnie is brilliant.
    Candy R Super Reviewer

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