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Circo Reviews

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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
Top Critic
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.
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
The real life the camera catches is naturally more dramatic and unexpected than any written scenario.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 5, 2011
Captivating, unflinchingly honest and poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.1221/10
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
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.
Jennifer Merin
February 20, 2011
A lovely portrait of a small, independent, traditional Mexican family circus that's facing hard times. If the Gran Circo Mexico does eventally fall by the wayside, at least we will have Aaron Schock's captivating, empathetic documentary to memorialize it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Cole Smithey
March 25, 2011
The Ponce family's cultural inheritance, and whether they can continue it, reflects a greater issue about seismic cultural shifts caused by Wall Street bankers.
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
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
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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
Matt Singer
April 1, 2011
Undeniably beautiful and undeniably sad.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 31, 2011
A touching chronicle of a dying culture harnessed to ambitions that remain very much alive.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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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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
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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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
March 29, 2011
Circo is filled with beautiful images and haunting moments.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 31, 2011
The difficulty of the [central character's] predicament lends the movie considerable dramatic weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 31, 2011
Though Circo is pretty bleak, Schock doesn't skimp on the exotic wonder of a life on the road, surrounded by color and danger.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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