Circle of Friends Reviews

September 7, 2011
March 11, 2008
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.
April 27, 2007
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.
February 9, 2006
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.
May 20, 2003
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 12, 2001
Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.
January 1, 2000
A lot of films, especially love stories, seek a level of comfort through predictability, but this one goes too far.
January 1, 2000
Young Benny has a nice smile, and she and Jack seem like pleasant people, but in the end (and in the beginning and in the middle) it's hard to get worked up about them.
January 1, 2000
Like an old-fashioned theater program, it tells you early on who and what each of its characters is -- and so they prove to be, enjoyably.
January 1, 2000
It's not a challenging movie or an original one, but it does have its pleasures -- most notably a radiant, soulful debut performance from Driver.
January 1, 2000
Heartwarming and poignant, a love story that glows with intelligence and feeling.
January 1, 2000
Driver is impulsively sweet, touching and hilarious as she copes with her new, romantic life.
June 1, 1994