The Invisible Circus
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A young woman trying to better understand the fate of her sister finds herself following in her footsteps in this emotional drama. 18-year-old Phoebe (Jordanna Brewster) has been haunted by the memory of her sister Faith (Cameron Diaz), who died under mysterious circumstances while travelling through Europe several years earlier. Looking for closure, Phoebe decides to retrace her sister's journey in hopes of finding out what happened to her. In the course of her travels through France, Portugal, and the Netherlands, Phoebe crosses paths with Wolf (Christopher Eccleston), Faith's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Picturesque European locations, a mystery whose successive folds will be uncovered by Faith's ex-boyfriend (Christopher Eccleston, in a ratty wig he will have to live down for years), and some heavily psychological sermonizing."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"The film is overnarrated and in spots overwritten, but Brooks ... does well with actors, and he has coaxed an extraordinary performance out of the young Jordana Brewster."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Okay for older teens, but nothing special."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"Cameron Diaz and Christopher Eccleston? Good. Jordana Brewster? Actorly indication, stilted line readings and nostril-flaring petulance. The result? A bad day at the Circus."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Brooks tries to cram too much into his scenes, combining both the film's external world and characters' inner thoughts in a way that is cluttered and lacking in imagination."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Strangely dispassionate and uncommitted for a movie about passionate commitment."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Part beautifully shot European travelogue and part moving exploration of the darker side of the hippie era's rabid idealism."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Adam Brooks' film is a total miss, both as a potentially intriguing look into the tumultuous politics of the 1960s and 1970s and as a coming of age of a girl obsessed with her sister's mysterious death"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"By the time the uninspiring finale occurs the audience is completely lost in boredom and longing for the credits."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
"It is both admirable in its convictions yet unaware of its limitations; it strives for beauty and meaning, but ends up looking silly."
‑ Daniel Papkin, Movieline
"A movie for people who are so sensitive they barely notice the feelings of others or what's going on in the world."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"A woefully tame and pallid affair."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Whenever Brooks hits a stride, the mystery element takes over, and that crudely formed aspect of the film overwhelms what is fully functional."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"It's one big cliché of sentimental drivel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A credible portrait of an era, and draws in its tensions and conflicts with quite some power."
‑ Michael Thomson,
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