The Circle Reviews

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April 9, 2020
Director James Ponsoldt (who adapted the book with Eggers) barely develops any character besides Watson's, piling on narrative complications instead.
August 23, 2017
An idea in a Hollywood thriller is almost an accident now, so The Circle deserves praise for thoughtfulness.
May 11, 2017
Floats many intriguing ideas, then lets them drop with a thud.
May 5, 2017
Even as it focuses on why information just wants to be free, "The Circle" is stuck in a loop.
May 2, 2017
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.
April 30, 2017
From its beginning, the movie has difficulty wedding its collage of ideas with a compelling narrative.
April 30, 2017
The future is now and it's scary. Too bad The Circle isn't.
April 28, 2017
This is one of the most crashing letdowns of 2017.
April 28, 2017
This is one of those movies that has nothing and everything wrong with it. It's frustrating in a singular way.
April 28, 2017
It's so cartoony and ham-fisted it sabotages its own argument.
April 28, 2017
The Circle is a big honking sloppy mess of a movie, one that flops around so aimlessly that it's baffling so many intelligent people had a hand in making it.
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
Movies about the dangers of rampant interconnectivity are welcome in this day and age, but let's please make them a little more courageous.
April 28, 2017
The Circle feels dull, dated and ripped from yesterday's headlines. It flatlines while you're watching it.
April 28, 2017
If in ten years we look back on it and think, "Yep, they got it right," we'll really be screwed. We'll probably still think the movie isn't very good, though.
April 28, 2017
Our gradual, voluntary loss of privacy is ripe for dramatization, but this movie arrives when people are actually backing up from social media.
April 27, 2017
The Circle has a polished, handsome surface, but it also looks as if it were designed by committee, like a fussed-over corporate logo. That would be OK, probably-if the movie at least knew what it was selling.
April 27, 2017
It's hard to make a film that's critical of digital technology without sounding like a square.
Top Critic
April 27, 2017
The movie's characterizations are broad and bland, and the haphazard editing leaves apparently major figures stranded for long stretches of the story ...
April 27, 2017
Lampooning the simple-mindedness of utopian web clichés was arguably part of Mr. Eggers's point, but much of that point is often muddled in the book. And it's simply incoherent in the movie.
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