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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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 7, 2001
Never finds a rhythm it's comfortable with, nor much to say that's not been said before.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2001
When flashbacks tease us with bits of information, it has to be done well, or we feel toyed with. Here the mystery is solved by stomping in thick-soled narrative boots through the squishy marsh of contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
February 5, 2001
For whatever reason, Brooks has decided to distance his characters from the audience, and the result is a cold, uninvolving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 1, 2001
Unfortunately, Brewster is really the only reason to catch The Invisible Circus.
Chris Barsanti
February 2, 2001
Alluring, but ultimately insubstantial.
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Todd McCarthy
February 7, 2001
A woefully tame and pallid affair.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
January 1, 2000
The current yearning for that more intensely felt cultural or political spectacle is barely explored and then discarded.
| Original Score: 6/10
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
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 1, 2001
Watching it is like having a book read to you by someone who can't enliven his voice above a monotone.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 4, 2002
It's one big cliché of sentimental drivel.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Adam Brooks's turgid adaptation merely emphasizes the book's stiff contrivances and wobbly characterizations.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
February 1, 2001
Everything must pass through the filter of Phoebe, who is basically inexpressive and unlikable.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 1, 2001
It's a dull, dim flick.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 2, 2001
Another murky film about the 1970s that's watchable mostly for its cast rather than the story.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 2, 2001
The Invisible Circus ... doesn't so much illuminate Phoebe's confusion as share it.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
February 2, 2001
Movie hits one note and holds it for 90-odd minutes.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 16, 2001
Strangely dispassionate and uncommitted for a movie about passionate commitment.
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