The Invisible Circus
The Invisible Circus (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 2, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite Jordana Brewster's strong performance, The Invisible Circus lacks the necessary dramatic tension to be interesting. Also, the cultural and political contexts of the period are barely explored.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

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.

David Edelstein

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.

Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

Okay for older teens, but nothing special.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Strangely dispassionate and uncommitted for a movie about passionate commitment.

Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

Part beautifully shot European travelogue and part moving exploration of the darker side of the hippie era's rabid idealism.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Charles Taylor

A movie for people who are so sensitive they barely notice the feelings of others or what's going on in the world.

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Todd McCarthy

A woefully tame and pallid affair.

Michael Dequina
Film Threat

Whenever Brooks hits a stride, the mystery element takes over, and that crudely formed aspect of the film overwhelms what is fully functional.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Marcus Woolcott
I don't know who keeps giving hippies money to make movies, but I wish they'd stop.