88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Circle of Friends is heartwarming and poignant, a love story that glows with intelligence and feeling.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Driver, who is padded but not fat, is an actress with self-possession to spare. Her looks defy conventional rules about modern beauty, but the directness of her gaze and the honesty of her smile make it difficult to look anywhere else when she is on screen.
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67

Austin Chronicle

As Benny, [Driver] nudges the film out of its few valleys of smarm, making Circle of Friends a heartfelt love letter to circles of friends everywhere.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As Benny, a small- town Irish teenager in the '50s who goes off to university in Dublin, Minnie Driver has a touchingly awkward prettiness. Her jaw may be as square as a picture frame, but her smile lights her up from within.
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63

TV Guide

This unashamedly old-fashioned coming-of-age story is nothing new, but remains highly watchable nevertheless.
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60

Empire

By Caroline Westbrook
Despite its glaring obviousness, this is charming enough to captivate the viewer, producing unexpectedly strong female characters and faultless attention to detail.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Circle has a wit and warmth that makes something as glibly contemporary as Reality Bites seem trite and toothless. [15 Mar 1995, Pg.06.D]
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
From that point on, the movie becomes distressingly predictable, with nary a surprise to be found.
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70 out of 100
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