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Circo Reviews

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 22, 2011
Circo takes you to the edge of human experience on a path none of this summer's superhero daredevils would ever consider taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 3, 2011
"Circo" is an amazing feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 20, 2011
The colors are vivid, the acrobats nimble, the animals impressive and the hard work of Ponce and his extended family has nobility and poignancy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2011
It says as much about human nature as it shows about struggling entertainers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
May 6, 2011
Running off and joining the circus won't seem like such a fun idea after watching Circo.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 29, 2011
Circo ends somewhat arbitrarily and could benefit from a stronger conclusion, but its portrait of a lifestyle that's at once shabby and glittery is finely etched.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
The real life the camera catches is naturally more dramatic and unexpected than any written scenario.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 21, 2011
Sort of a modern-day version of "Toby Tyler," only without a frisky, mischievous Mr. Stubbs as comic relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
April 21, 2011
"Circo'' offers a fascinating mix of backstage drama and family dynamics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 20, 2011
Circo is touching as a personal family story, but extraordinary as a visual document of an eroding world, thanks to Schock's second job as an amazing cinematographer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2011
In "Circo," Aaron Schock documents the fearsome labor and intense willpower it takes to keep this shoestring show on the road, and the price paid by the family that runs it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 14, 2011
Besides documenting the life of a rural traveling family circus, Schock looks at how traditions of the past are challenged in today's world.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 13, 2011
...the kind of documentary that brings you to a different world and lifestyle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2011
"Circo" is a marvel of a documentary, a clear-eyed and affectionate film that tells a remarkable story with both visual and personal sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 5, 2011
Captivating, unflinchingly honest and poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.1221/10
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2011
Circo has the succinct haunting contradiction of a good Steinbeck story, perhaps something out of Tortilla Flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
April 2, 2011
The film engages sporadically but mostly fails to take advantage of its under-documented milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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April 1, 2011
The contrast between Schock's discreet approach and the family's stormy differences could have been powerful. But without much of the latter captured on film, Circo feels all too diffident.
Matt Singer
April 1, 2011
Undeniably beautiful and undeniably sad.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 1, 2011
It does provide a look at a unique family and a disappearing way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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