The Circle (Dayereh)
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A look at the world of seven women in Iran, searching for themselves while struggling with everyday oppression. Having been released from prison only to find themselves confined by the world outside.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An impressive piece of work, especially considering it was made in a barren artistic climate overseen by a censorious government."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"In its brisk way, it's a devastating piece of work, and very brave too."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"What few ironies there are, are overpowered by the firm, calm, institutionalized oppression imposed on the women of Panahi's country."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Gives some quick, powerful impressions of the Iranian woman's plight, but much less than if it had paused to tell a few stories thoroughly."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"The deceptively simple story leads up to an exceptionally powerful ending that will have you mulling it over for days."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Just like Tomb Raider, it is fiction. It just unfortunately comes a lot closer than the American film to the truth of how its female characters live."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Profoundly dangerous to the status quo in Iran because it asks us to identify with the plight of women who have done nothing wrong except to be female."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"... like a cry of distress from a princess imprisoned in a tower. But the tower is in a busy world of heartless, self-absorbed men who laugh at the idea of a rescue."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The surprising conclusion leaves one breathless and depressed."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"Feels like the kind of movie that could change things."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The world it shows is both mysterious and full of menace -- yet as real as the world outside the theater."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The Circle basically shows that Iran is a police state with severe measures for keeping women in control."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"A deeply felt, fascinating work that's dramatically resonant as well as politically important."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A tragic film from start to finish, but equally undeniable is the endless stoicism displayed by the women, and Panahi's crisp, meandering direction."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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