Circle of Friends Synopsis
Three young Irishwomen carry their grade-school friendship to college in 1957 Dublin.
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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...
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67

Austin Chronicle

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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...
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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....
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63

TV Guide

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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...
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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...
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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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Rated PG-13