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The Invisible Circus Reviews

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Okay for older teens, but nothing special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
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
Full Review | Original Score: D
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 10, 2002
By the time the uninspiring finale occurs the audience is completely lost in boredom and longing for the credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 4, 2002
It's one big cliché of sentimental drivel.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 58/100
Daniel Papkin
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.
Michael Thomson
April 16, 2001
A credible portrait of an era, and draws in its tensions and conflicts with quite some power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
February 19, 2001
The Invisible Circus feels less like a drug trip and more like the annoying side effects on the morning after.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 16, 2001
Strangely dispassionate and uncommitted for a movie about passionate commitment.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
February 16, 2001
It's mostly dreary, plodding stuff that works as psychology 101.
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Charles Taylor
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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 12, 2001
Although well cast and acted, the movie doesn't amount to much. Still, it is an enjoyable enough diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
February 9, 2001
The slow pace, lack of tension ... and increasingly preposterous developments will have many viewers seeing through this film long before it draws to a slow and laborious close.
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
February 8, 2001
Comes off as oddly uninvolving, if not entirely irrelevant.
Matt Roth
February 7, 2001
Not a trip worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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