The Invisible Circus


The Invisible Circus

Critics Consensus

Despite Jordana Brewster's strong performance, The Invisible Circus lacks the necessary dramatic tension to be interesting. Also, the cultural and political contexts of the period are barely explored.



Total Count: 62


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A young woman trying to better understand the fate of her sister finds herself following in her footsteps in this emotional drama. 18-year-old Phoebe (Jordanna Brewster) has been haunted by the memory of her sister Faith (Cameron Diaz), who died under mysterious circumstances while travelling through Europe several years earlier. Looking for closure, Phoebe decides to retrace her sister's journey in hopes of finding out what happened to her. In the course of her travels through France, Portugal, and the Netherlands, Phoebe crosses paths with Wolf (Christopher Eccleston), Faith's boyfriend, and finds herself falling for the man her sister once loved. Based on the acclaimed novel by Jennifer Egan, The Invisible Circus also features Blythe Danner and Camilla Belle. The film marked the directorial debut for screenwriter Adam Brooks.


Critic Reviews for The Invisible Circus

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (49)

  • Picturesque European locations, a mystery whose successive folds will be uncovered by Faith's ex-boyfriend (Christopher Eccleston, in a ratty wig he will have to live down for years), and some heavily psychological sermonizing.

    Dec 9, 2002
  • A credible portrait of an era, and draws in its tensions and conflicts with quite some power.

    Apr 16, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Strangely dispassionate and uncommitted for a movie about passionate commitment.

    Feb 16, 2001
  • A movie for people who are so sensitive they barely notice the feelings of others or what's going on in the world.

    Feb 12, 2001 | Full Review…
  • A woefully tame and pallid affair.

    Feb 7, 2001

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • The film is overnarrated and in spots overwritten, but Brooks ... does well with actors, and he has coaxed an extraordinary performance out of the young Jordana Brewster.

    Feb 7, 2001

    David Edelstein

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Invisible Circus

  • May 22, 2013
    I don't know who keeps giving hippies money to make movies, but I wish they'd stop.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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