Circle of Friends
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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 where their pal, Nan, is already studying. There, the trio endure all the joys, heartbreaks, betrayals, and lessons of life needed to become mature young women. Much of the story centers on their romantic lives. Nan is after Simon, a much older and wealthier man. Eve gets involved with Aidan. Benny, the "plain" one shocks them both by getting… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An enchanting, if denture-rottingly sweet, yarn."
‑ Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine
"Sweet Irish melodrama, with a hilariously oily performance by Alan Cumming."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Sweet, funny, and full of the charming Minnie Driver."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A familiar tale of busty lasses and lusty lads, it's lent extra weight by fine writing and accomplished performances."
‑ , Film4
"It's intelligent and moving and it never resorts to cheap melodrama."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Definitely in the Masterpiece Theatre tradition; it's soft and safe, but extraordinarily easy to take."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Driver, who delivers a piercingly subjective performance, is the linchpin of the film's quiet appeal."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Wry, wise, and wonderful valentine to intimate matters of the heart."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The movie, a self-consciously simple exercise in familiarity, sometimes lapses into complacency."
‑ Bob Thompson, Jam! Movies
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