The Circle

The Circle

The Circle

Sci-fi thriller starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, based on the novel by McSweeney's founder Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius). Two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) directs.

As she rises through the ranks of the world’s largest tech and social media company, The Circle, Mae (Watson) is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey (Hanks) to live her life with complete transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching.

2017Rating: M, Offensive language109 minsUSA, United Arab Emirates
DramaScience FictionThriller

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Vox

Vox

The Circle squanders a fascinating premise about the dangers of technocracy...

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

Director James Ponsoldt... barely develops any character besides Watson's, piling on narrative complications instead.

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Vulture

Vulture

If in ten years we look back on it and think, "Yep, they got it right," we'll really be screwed. We'll probably still think the movie isn't very good, though.

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Variety

Variety

"The Circle" is a swankly sinister little mind teaser of a thriller. It's a nightmare vision of what digital culture is turning all of us into, with all of our help.

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Time Out

Time Out

Movies about the dangers of rampant interconnectivity are welcome in this day and age, but let's please make them a little more courageous.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Lampooning the simple-mindedness of utopian web clichés was arguably part of Mr. Eggers's point, but much of that point is often muddled in the book. And it's simply incoherent in the movie.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The Circle is all juicy potential and precious little else.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The Circle deserves praise for thoughtfulness.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A middling, choppily edited mess.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Certain plot points might seem far-fetched, but only until you think of similar things that have already happened, similar liberties that have been happily surrendered by users of popular networks.

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