63

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Trades breathless romance for a fun "Ripley's Believe it or Not"-flavored weirdness.
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Reilly is very funny as the sarcastic mentor, and director Paul Weitz strikes a loopy tone in the scenes at the freak encampment.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's creepy but tinged with sarcasm and infused with silly fun.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While "Twilight" will make more money and get more attention, the darkly comic Cirque du Freak boasts the shaggy charm of the natural underdog.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The finished film has been tinkered with and tweaked so thoroughly that it borders on the incomprehensible.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Reilly gives it his all, and he’s both very enjoyable and about as scary as a stubbed toe.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Making a vampire movie without any bite is like removing guns from a Western.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Jammed with story threads that don’t cohere, Cirque commits the cardinal sin for a vampire movie: It’s bloodless.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Subplots go nowhere, and characters -- many played by well-known actors -- barely get screen time. Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, and Jane Krakowski are among those who are there and gone.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The movie is occasionally clever, but still inferior to last year's "Twilight" film, mostly because the story is so muddled.
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43 out of 100
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