The Invisible Circus (2001)



Critic 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.

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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.
R (adult situations/language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Camilla Belle
as Young Phoebe
Ricky Koole
as Nikki
Philipp Weissert
as Safehouse Leader
Robert Getter
as American Statesman
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Critic Reviews for The Invisible Circus

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (21)

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.

December 9, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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Strangely dispassionate and uncommitted for a movie about passionate commitment.

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

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
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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.

February 7, 2001
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Part beautifully shot European travelogue and part moving exploration of the darker side of the hippie era's rabid idealism.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Invisible Circus

I don't know who keeps giving hippies money to make movies, but I wish they'd stop.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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** (out of four) Cameron Diaz stars a carefree spirit who spends the summer of 1969 travelling through Europe with her boyfriend. Next thing, her family is notified that her body was found. Seven years later her younger sister travels to Europe to search for the truth. The film never takes off as the plot meanders through a bunch of different episodic situations with uninteresting characters.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

I felt her passion. It was very ... She looked her sister's memory in that man. Its very cruel....Missing many things.

Leilani Melody
Leilani Melody

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