• Released
  • August 19, 2011
  • (Limited 8/19)
  • R , 1 hr 47 min
  • Art House/Foreign
78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
It's not a pretty picture, but it is a hellaciously gorgeous and original film.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
Subscribes to the belief that moderation is a four-letter word, flying about with an abandon that begets exhilaration as well as exhausting messiness.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The Last Circus features garish costumes, grotesque ultraviolence and plenty of other assorted weirdness. Although not everybody's glass of sangria, it has the making of a cult hit.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Viewers with a strong stomach and an appreciation for surreal humor that borders on horror - the latest film from Spanish wildman Alex de la Iglesia (Perdita Durango, The Day of the Beast) is a must-see proposition.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Inventive yet exhausting tale of two circus clowns.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Before going off in conventional directions, "Circus" is terrifically weird, funny and garish. Bozo and Clarabelle it ain't.
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58

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Begins with an eye on satire but dissolves quickly into grotesquerie -- and if the first tack was a bit narrow, the second is far too scattershot.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Areces is inventive and scary in main role, though it's impossible to sympathize with his madness. Other performances are gaudy but perfunctory.
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25

New York Observer

By the time the end finally comes, there's no relief. You're left with the vague recollection of an interesting movie you were watching before you got kidnapped and subjected to over an hour of torture porn starring a fat, sadistic clown.
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70 out of 100
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