Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends (1994)

Set in 1957, this romantic coming-of-age story follows three childhood friends from a small town in Ireland as they head to Dublin to attend Trinity College. Nan (Saffron Burrows), a year older than her friends and already in her second… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 1, 1994
DVD 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.

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.

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

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
Red Lats
If you like coming-of-age films, this one is great. 'Circle' follows three girlfriends from Confirmation through university. Minnie Driver is… More
Leigh Ryan
So great.
Candy Rose
Excellent adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel. Minnie is brilliant.
Daisy Maduro
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Lanning : )
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.