The Circle
The Circle (2017)

The Circle is a gripping modern thriller starring Emma Watson ("Harry Potter"), Tom Hanks ("Sully") and John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"). When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 28, 2017
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2017
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Circle assembles an impressive cast, but this digitally driven thriller spins aimlessly in its half-hearted exploration of timely themes.

Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

Floats many intriguing ideas, then lets them drop with a thud.

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James Berardinelli

From its beginning, the movie has difficulty wedding its collage of ideas with a compelling narrative.

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Matthew Turner

James Ponsoldt's adaptation of Dave Eggers' best-seller is patchy and ultimately unsatisfying.

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Eric Kohn

Even as it focuses on why information just wants to be free, "The Circle" is stuck in a loop.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

The future is now and it's scary. Too bad The Circle isn't.

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Robert Denerstein
Denerstein Unleashed

There's nothing wrong with a movie that wants to play with issues and ideas. What such movies need, though, are deeper characters than those who populate The Circle.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

As a satire, The Circle might have been worth a few giggles, but as a deadly serious drama, it's laughable in an entirely different way.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

This is one of the most crashing letdowns of 2017.

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Fausto Ponce

It only works as didactic material of which we can draw topics of discussion but in narrative subjects is a rather poor work. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
There's a cast listing that'll make you stop and take notice ... and that's about all there is in this nearly dystopian, nearly sci-fi offering.… More
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Tom Hanks has been in some shitty films in the past few years, but this one, I believe, is his true nadir. He should really stop doing Dave Eggers adaptations.… More
KJ Proulx
In a year where 80% of cinema is either remakes or sequels, its hard to not be excited about the original properties that creep into theatres. Sadly, The Circle… More
Philip Price
Not everyone is going to like you. That is a lesson today's society could stand to appreciate a little more if not learn, but that doesn't mean… More
Chrisanne Chin
Despite the A-listers, The Circle tries deliver a relevant message for today's world, but miserably fails. The concern for internet privacy is an important… More
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The Circle proves that even the greatest actors can even end themselves in a mediocre film. Not much can be explained here, but it may be showing us that this… More