The Circle Reviews

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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.
December 21, 2018
It succeeds by showing restraint, however, just lacks something that would inject the emotional weight it required.
August 24, 2017
The characters make improbable decisions, there are unexplained free spins and everything moves in a very convenient way, with a clear lack of tension. We will forget this film soon. [Full review in Spanish]
August 23, 2017
An idea in a Hollywood thriller is almost an accident now, so The Circle deserves praise for thoughtfulness.
August 15, 2017
The Circle is one of those films that generates interest if you read the synopsis and observe the cast, but in the end offers less than what we expect. [Full review in Spanish]
August 11, 2017
The film is not science fiction, but a kind of augmented reality that raises many more questions than answers about what the social dynamics would be like in an extreme context. [Full review in Spanish]
June 15, 2017
"The Circle" is the increasingly rare movie that invites you to talk about afterwards - even if only to complain about its unsatisfying denouement.
May 5, 2017
A waste of time as it's not up to anything at all. [Full review in Spanish]
May 4, 2017
The Circle feels like it could have benefited from more time in the editing room and a more streamlined script.
May 3, 2017
Flawed, sure. But way too on-the-money, on-message and smart to ignore.
April 30, 2017
Sleekly sinister satire, evolving into a cautionary tale...
April 29, 2017
A dystopian story that raises key questions about whether technology really serves the common good.
April 28, 2017
It has some smart and funny things to say.
April 28, 2017
It's all a little much on the alarmist front, but director James Ponsoldt's warning message rings true despite his film's tendency to hyperbole.
April 28, 2017
Director Ponsoldt excels directing women (think Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smash). The Circle is a female-driven story set in a male-dominated industry with Emma Watson presenting a layered performance in a believable American vernacular.
April 28, 2017
This ugly digital future is less disturbing than it might have been, because in many ways it's already arrived.
April 27, 2017
Drama can warn us in the hopes that some people learn to foresee tragedy and make better decisions.
April 27, 2017
In a field where the new is celebrated, The Circle is about the threat of ceding control of personal data to a business monopoly. Now we've seen it once again, with marquee stars. It's still a threat.
April 27, 2017
What makes "The Circle" so valuable is not only that it's showing us a ghastly possible path that the world may take, but that it articulates the mentality that could create and sustain it.
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