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The Circle (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Circle assembles an impressive cast, but this digitally driven thriller spins aimlessly in its half-hearted exploration of timely themes.

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The Circle is a gripping modern thriller starring Emma Watson ("Harry Potter"), Tom Hanks ("Sully") and John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"). When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

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Critic Reviews for The Circle

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (25)

Floats many intriguing ideas, then lets them drop with a thud.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Even as it focuses on why information just wants to be free, "The Circle" is stuck in a loop.

May 5, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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As a satire, The Circle might have been worth a few giggles, but as a deadly serious drama, it's laughable in an entirely different way.

May 2, 2017 | Full Review…

From its beginning, the movie has difficulty wedding its collage of ideas with a compelling narrative.

April 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The future is now and it's scary. Too bad The Circle isn't.

April 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is one of the most crashing letdowns of 2017.

April 28, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Circle

Not sure why the hate on this movie. Yes, it's a little exaggerated and far fetched, but well acted and engaging. Not a movie I would buy and rewatch over and over, but entertaining enough for a one off viewing.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Watson's character is so unlikable and poorly constructed, changing her mind so randomly, that any discussion about the limits of technology and what it could represent to privacy gets lost in a script that doesn't know what to do with it, especially as it reaches an awful ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

There's a cast listing that'll make you stop and take notice ... and that's about all there is in this nearly dystopian, nearly sci-fi offering. Wouldn't you rather go make some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead? Yes, you would.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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