The Last Circus
The Last Circus (2011)

1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 18, 2011
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77%
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64%


Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Last Circus is an uneven but winningly insane blend of hard violence, sex, black humor, and social satire.

Greg Quill
Toronto Star

Basque director Álex de la Iglesia's exotic, surreal, hilarious, bloody and utterly explosive grand opus.

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Una LaMarche
New York Observer

You're left with the vague recollection of an interesting movie you were watching before you got kidnapped and subjected to over an hour of torture porn starring a fat, sadistic clown.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If Tod Browning, Luis Buñuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Pedro Almodóvar and Guillermo del Toro all dropped acid and compared notes, this film might be the result.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

From the far-too-teeming brain of Spanish writer/director Alex de la Iglesia, The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

If you like your baroque sex and violence with a side dish of heavy-duty symbolism ... put "The Last Circus" on your must-see list right now.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This strange film involving four clowns and an acrobat sounds like the setup for a joke, but it turns out not to be very funny.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

For those with a taste for the subversive and outrageous, run, don't walk.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Take Fellini, Tarantino and "Taxi Driver," throw 'em in a cage with a lion, and you'd get this strange, wild trip.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Quizás una forma - la mejor que encuentra el director, o la que mejor le sale - de decir que el franquismo era una comedia hilarante y una tragedia sanguinaria al mismo tiempo.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Fun and grotesque in the right way, with a strong vibe of classic horror cinema. The problem is that the second half switches gears with such an agressive force… More
Ryan Marshall
*** out of **** "The Last Circus" left me feeling shocked, bewildered, alienated, disgusted, repulsed, humored, and perhaps even speechless. In all… More
Greg S
This is playing US festivals under the title THE LAST CIRCUS, though I like the literal translation of the Spanish title (A SAD TRUMPET BALLAD) better. A sad… More
Alec Barniskis
Believe me "Torture Porn with Clowns" sure sounded like an amusing genre, but having a film fire on all cylinders like this is rather off putting. The… More
Walter M.
During the Spanish Civil War, the Republican Army is so desperate for soldiers that they resort to drafting circus clowns, but not so desperate that they… More
August Seria
Grotesque, fun, and well acted. The whole story is phenomenal because it teaches us a great lesson about love.