The Circle Reviews

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July 12, 2020
Unfortunately, this film will prove largely forgettable. It has botched what could have been interesting concept with convoluted plotting, ridiculous character development and melodramatic dialogue.
June 8, 2020
Director James Ponsoldt excelled at tweaking out the slapstick social-comedy of an old baseball umpire... In The Circle, the comedy is just as palpable, but the laughs may stick in your throat.
April 9, 2020
Director James Ponsoldt (who adapted the book with Eggers) barely develops any character besides Watson's, piling on narrative complications instead.
February 27, 2020
James Ponsoldt's film is an egregious adaptation neutered of all the chilling entertainment of the Dave Eggers novel on which the film is based.
February 19, 2020
The Circle is absolutely a failure, but it's an interesting one.
October 23, 2019
A misconstructed movie that falls under a 'Hanks failure' and nothing else. [Full review in Spanish].
October 9, 2019
The Circle is eerily pertinent. If only it could have been a smarter, more vehement piece of social commentary, than perhaps it could have also seemed prescient.
June 25, 2019
Do you like Black Mirror but wish it was far, far less interesting and clever? Do you think more movies these days need multiple fake TED Talks segments? Do you consider kayaking a suitable major plot point?
June 4, 2019
Watson and Hanks do their best, but the film lacks anything resembling dramatic tension, and ends on an almost laughably truncated climax
March 13, 2019
Poor characters, writing and tone.
March 9, 2019
The actors try to rise above the mediocre script... but to no avail, and the ending is too neatly wrapped up.
February 12, 2019
[The Circle] is a suspenseless thriller that isn't nearly as smart as it wants us to think it is, featuring a talented cast that is given oddly little to actually do.
January 8, 2019
Watson's integration into the creepily inclusive company does suck you into the story, but her journey to becoming its poster girl and eventual whistle-blower is less convincing.
December 21, 2018
It succeeds by showing restraint, however, just lacks something that would inject the emotional weight it required.
November 11, 2018
The Circle posits an interesting and timely premise about identity and privacy in the social media age, but shows no real insight on the subject.
November 4, 2018
You have to be good at your job and committed to the craft to put this much earnest and sincere effort into such a\obvious nonsense.
October 31, 2018
The Circle is a movie unsure exactly what questions it wants to be asking and has absolutely no clue on how it wants to answer them.
October 30, 2018
The Circle is as flat, two-dimensional, and generic as the shape that gives the film its title.
October 28, 2018
The irrationally paranoid The Circle examines essential 21st-century privacy issues with all the depth of a Facebook debate.
August 30, 2018
An uneven adaptation that doesn't know whether it wants to be a thriller or a satire of social media.
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