The Circle Synopsis
Two men find love as members of a Swiss underground organization.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Suspenseful and ingeniously directed.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Circles the heart of noisy, modern Tehran with an informal, documentary-like freedom that is thrilling in its naturalism.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A stunning drama about the desperate state of women in Iran.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Panahi's simplicity accentuates the movie's power: its sense of life caught unobserved.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Such moral outrage, apart from the artistry in which it is embedded, tells us that the forces of change are stirring in Iran.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Circle is all the more depressing when we consider that Iran is relatively liberal compared to, say, Afghanistan under the Taliban.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Panahi creates a raw, riveting film.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
How dangerous it is to be a woman in Iran, especially one going against the wishes of her menfolk, is brought home time after time in these...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Wesley Morris
It's a startling, speedy, gracefully executed indictment.
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The Circle

By jerryjou902
Excellent documentry. The two were there in person to ask questions about their lives. They are now married and in their 80's. Tremendous film footage during WW2 and the treatment of gays in...