The Invisible Circus Reviews

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January 1, 2011
Okay for older teens, but nothing special.
November 19, 2008
[A] dreamy and meditative film [about] the disillusioning unfolding of the real, cold, hard world as we grow up.
December 18, 2006
Adam Brooks' film is a total miss, both as a potentially intriguing look into the tumultuous politics of the 1960s and 1970s and as a coming of age of a girl obsessed with her sister's mysterious death
December 6, 2005
February 3, 2004
January 12, 2004
Whenever Brooks hits a stride, the mystery element takes over, and that crudely formed aspect of the film overwhelms what is fully functional.
April 28, 2003
Cameron Diaz and Christopher Eccleston? Good. Jordana Brewster? Actorly indication, stilted line readings and nostril-flaring petulance. The result? A bad day at the Circus.
December 10, 2002
By the time the uninspiring finale occurs the audience is completely lost in boredom and longing for the credits.
December 9, 2002
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.
April 4, 2002
It's one big cliché of sentimental drivel.
September 4, 2001
Brooks tries to cram too much into his scenes, combining both the film's external world and characters' inner thoughts in a way that is cluttered and lacking in imagination.
April 16, 2001
It is both admirable in its convictions yet unaware of its limitations; it strives for beauty and meaning, but ends up looking silly.
April 16, 2001
A credible portrait of an era, and draws in its tensions and conflicts with quite some power.
April 6, 2001
A soul-satisfying film about one young woman's rite of initiation into adulthood.
February 26, 2001
Though the script is remarkably faithful to Jennifer Egan's novel, it relies too heavily on voice-over to move the plot along, preferring to baldly inform the audience of developments than letting us figure them out for ourselves.
February 19, 2001
The Invisible Circus feels less like a drug trip and more like the annoying side effects on the morning after.
February 16, 2001
Strangely dispassionate and uncommitted for a movie about passionate commitment.
February 16, 2001
It's mostly dreary, plodding stuff that works as psychology 101.
February 12, 2001
A movie for people who are so sensitive they barely notice the feelings of others or what's going on in the world.
February 12, 2001
Although well cast and acted, the movie doesn't amount to much. Still, it is an enjoyable enough diversion.
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