The Circle (Dayereh) (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Circle (Dayereh) (2001)



Critic Consensus: Bleak, yet powerful, The Circle offers a searing indictment of the oppressive conditions experienced by women in Iran.

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A look at the world of seven women in Iran, searching for themselves while struggling with everyday oppression. Having been released from prison only to find themselves confined by the world outside.


Monir Arab
as Ticket seller
Mojgan Faramarzi
as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for The Circle (Dayereh)

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (21)

An impressive piece of work, especially considering it was made in a barren artistic climate overseen by a censorious government.

September 13, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Just like Tomb Raider, it is fiction. It just unfortunately comes a lot closer than the American film to the truth of how its female characters live.

June 15, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran.

Full Review… | June 12, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

In its brisk way, it's a devastating piece of work, and very brave too.

Full Review… | June 11, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Profoundly dangerous to the status quo in Iran because it asks us to identify with the plight of women who have done nothing wrong except to be female.

Full Review… | June 8, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The world it shows is both mysterious and full of menace -- yet as real as the world outside the theater.

June 7, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Circle (Dayereh)


It is an intensely subtle and complex film. One roots for the main characters before their stories are even revealed.

Lucie Roberts
Lucie Roberts

Undoubtedly,it's one of the top 10 films of 2000.Justification knows no boundaries and female,psychological suffering is excellently displayed on this film.Real drama,nothing fake to cover the truth.Panahi eluding his road to "sacrilegious perdition" contrary to the customs of Iran,we can say with certainty it's a universal journey.A journey disastrous through the looking glass of a handful of women.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

Be in the right mood to see this. It is one of umpteen depictions of women coping in fundamentalist Islamic states but it happens to be one of the better ones.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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