• Released
  • August 19, 2011
  • (Limited 8/19)
  • R , 1 hr 47 min
  • Art House/Foreign
The Last Circus Synopsis
A Spanish clown (Carlos Areces) falls in love with the abused wife of a cruel rival.
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Austin Chronicle

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

By Keith Uhlich
Inventive yet exhausting tale of two circus clowns.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Last Circus

By touchofevil59
First off I will say that this movie is not for everyone. The humor in this movie is very dark and disturbing with laughs that are produced as a defense to the twisted jokes the movie throws at you....

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Rated R | For Bloody violence throughout, nudity, language, brutal violence throughout and strong sexual content