Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
A man hoping to move out of the closet falls into a trap of drug-fueled hedonism in this cautionary drama. John (Jonathan Wade Drahos) is a police officer from a small town who is forced to leave his career behind when it is discovered that he's gay. Hoping to find more tolerant surroundings, John moves to West Hollywood and rents an apartment with Nina (Kiersten Warren), an old friend from his high school days. One night, John attends a party where he meets Hector (Andre Khabazzi), an attractive hustler with whom he quickly strikes up a relationship. Hector is a regular on the L.A. party… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like most movies about the pitfalls of bad behavior ... Circuit gets drawn into the party."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Kitschy, flashy, overlong soap opera."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The film itself is about something very interesting and odd that would probably work better as a real documentary without the insinuation of mediocre acting or a fairly trite narrative."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's a thin notion, repetitively stretched out to feature length, awash in self-consciously flashy camera effects, droning house music and flat, flat dialogue."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The film is really closer to porn than a serious critique of what's wrong with this increasingly pervasive aspect of gay culture."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like Showgirls and Glitter, the most entertaining moments here are unintentional."
‑ Christopher Muther, Boston Globe
"A sudsy cautionary tale."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"Director Dirk Shafer and co-writer Greg Hinton ride the dubious divide where gay porn reaches for serious drama."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Once again, the intelligence of gay audiences has been grossly underestimated, and a meaty plot and well-developed characters have been sacrificed for skin and flash that barely fizzle."
‑ Bill Picture, San Francisco Examiner
"An unashamed gay interest soft-porn flick with lashings of sex, drugs, and dance music."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"It's too soap opera-ish to carry the heavy weight of the morality play Shafer has fashioned."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"Mostly, Shafer and co-writer Gregory Hinton lack a strong-minded viewpoint, or a sense of humor."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"What's most memorable about Circuit is that it's shot on digital video, whose tiny camera enables Shafer to navigate spaces both large ... and small ... with considerable aplomb."
‑ David Ehrenstein, New Times
"A clichéd and shallow cautionary tale about the hard-partying lives of gay men."
‑ Rod Armstrong,
"Coupling disgracefully written dialogue with flailing bodily movements that substitute for acting, Circuit is the awkwardly paced soap opera-ish story."
‑ Rachel Gordon,
More reviews for Circuit on Rotten Tomatoes