Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends (1994)

The friendship between three Irish girls who grew up together is chronicled in this tender, nostalgic drama. The story begins in a tiny Irish village in 1957 as Eve and Benny happily prepare to leave their homes to attend a Dublin college… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Three female friends grow up in a small town in Ireland in the mid-50s and attend college in Dublin in this nostalgic soap opera that's vaguely evocative of Peyton Place, though generally less memorable.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Beyond eliciting warm, animated performances from his actors (with a cast that also includes Alan Cumming as a hair-raising suitor of Benny's), Mr. O'Connor gives Circle of Friends an enveloping look and sound.

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Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

An enchanting, if denture-rottingly sweet, yarn.

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Emanuel Levy

Old-fashioned and nostalgic, Pat O'Connor's nicely directed tale of friendship between three Irish girls features a strong central performance from Minnie Driver that promises a bright future in Hollywood pictures.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.


A familiar tale of busty lasses and lusty lads, it's lent extra weight by fine writing and accomplished performances.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The fizzing dialogue gets all the little details right, but the plot's nothing new, and the lingering shots of hibernian greenery aim straight for mid-Atlantic bland-out.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Young Benny has a nice smile, and she and Jack seem like pleasant people, but in the end (and in the beginning and in the middle) it's hard to get worked up about them.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Driver, who delivers a piercingly subjective performance, is the linchpin of the film's quiet appeal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Excellent adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel. Minnie is brilliant.
Daisy Maduro
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Minnie Driver fans will want to see this for a look at her pre-Hollywood work. She gained 30 pounds for this role and still looks great. Colin Firth fans may… More
Sunil Jawahir
I kinda like it but Alan Cummings is such a creep in this.
Leigh Ryan
So great.
Leo L
A favorite.