The Circle

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5.41 h 49 min2017X-RayPG-13
Mae lands a dream job at a powerful tech company, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.
Directors
James Ponsoldt
Starring
Emma WatsonTom HanksJohn Boyega
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Science FictionSuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Karen GillanEllar ColtranePatton OswaltGlenne HeadlyBill Paxton
Studio
Europa
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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3.4 out of 5 stars

4048 global ratings

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Ric RogersReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Look in the mirror after watching the movie!
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I hate to sound critical of negative reviews of this movie but i must say, i think it hit Facebook and twitter right between the eyes as well as those in society who waste their time posting pictures of their coffee or traffic congestion online or their latest dinner meal online. I believe it is a mirror reflection of ourselves and those who are posting negative comments are probably those who are enjoying "social media" the most. I'd give it six stars if i could.
247 people found this helpful
MerytSitMaatReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Have we abandoned the ability to think for ourselves?
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Some people downgraded this movie because they found it to be disturbing. I also found it disturbing, but I also think it is a warning. There are those in our society who abuse social media, and there are others who are addicted to it. Most of the people in this movie are led like sheep: in one of the plot points, we see what happens when people are too lazy to search for simple information like "Do deer shed their antlers?" before they click the Share button and ruin someone's life. Not only is this movie a warning about what could happen when we give away our privacy, but it is also a commentary about what has already happened now that we have abandoned our ability to think for ourselves.
212 people found this helpful
RichardReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Good actors given only half a script.
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While everyone does a good job with what they were given, it looks like the producers of this film were afraid of the backlash social media giants would give them if they went too far. The story is set up, and the dangers exposed, but then it ends. It is as if the artist were afraid of what the King would say about their morality play. They want to bring up a point, but not displease their masters. Tom Hanks does a good job playing off character and I wish he had been able to develop more. Emma Watson is still trying to find her post Herminie career. Karen Gillan HAS found her post Dr. Who career and shines even in this thread bare offering. The film reminds me of those movies we watched in high school that purposely left open questions for you to discuss in class. "Should Tommy tell the teacher?" "Is Sally right to be mad?" "Are media conglomerates taking away our individuality?" What do YOU think?
137 people found this helpful
BethReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Read the Book, Forget the Movie
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This is a really bad version of the book, which I loved. It was the first book in years where I tore through 300 pages in 24 hours, but this movie doesn't do it justice. At. All. The script is so completely blah and watered down that the characters never become interesting or likable, and the big, pivotal moments feel almost out of place, because the timeline of the story has been chopped up, the characters have been drowned in a horrible script, they have no devlopment and feel two dimensional, and the screenwriters failed to convey the essence of the book effectively.

Emma Watson is fine as Mae, Karen Gillan is underwhelming as Annie (due in large part to the fact that a major plot point involving her character was completely ignored/discarded), Tom Hanks is barely present as Bailey... this movie, compared to the book, is a hot mess and not worth your time, especially if you read and liked the book. It misses on so many marks it's not even funny.

That being said, the book would make a fantastic mini series, if a network were to pick it up. It's not a story that can fit into two hours. It needs time to flesh out the characters and the story itself. The big screen was the wrong medium for this adaptation.
124 people found this helpful
ironman96Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
George Orwell Could Never Have Imagined This and Yet We Are Here
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This is an extremely important and timely film. The message is clear and prophetic--our society is following a path of technology that is seemingly positive but will lead us to a world that George Orwell could never have predicted. As the movie points out, although technology has many clear upsides, it has the very real and scary potential of being abused. As we see in the headlines, fake news and foreign influence of elections is only one possible scenario. The real danger is the amount of power that is in the hands of these large tech corporations which is too easily misused, often under the guise of "doing good." How many other totalitarians have sold their promises by saying they only intend to do good? These tech companies are all in the same boat although some are more scary than others: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon....

Some reviewers of this movie knock it for its lack of certain elements like acting, plot development, etc. I see the message as so much more important than the medium. Everyone should watch this movie. It is time for a major trust-busting and anti-monopoly movement against these tech companies.
65 people found this helpful
Melanie ThurlowReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Seriously. Don't bother.
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The trailer made this movie look so good, and it definitely does not meet expectations. The whole movie is building up to a climax that never comes. The employees are very clearly brainwashed, and it's obvious that the only one who can see through it all is Ty--it's very stereotypical in that way where the "good guy" has been villainized (yawn). Mae is clearly going to be the vessel of that change, but... what change actually occurs? In the end, she exposes the "bad guys" (Bailey and Stenton) for their shady dealings, and that's great. But then what? It ends with her saying that no one should have any privacy. Ever. What???

The moral of this movie is that people should have no privacy, no rights, and no choice... in anything. Dear Director, you forgot to include the last twenty minutes of the film where she realizes she has been brainwashed and becomes an actual human again who cares more about her family and friends than she does for her virtual social media friends.
51 people found this helpful
DorothyZReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
This was a classic case of the trailer being better than the actual film
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This was a classic case of the trailer being better than the actual film. The concept is incredible, thought provoking and timely. The problem was the execution. The creep factor never got creepy enough, and the concept of "all eyes" on you never felt fully realized. I was expecting the movie to go down the tech thriller path at one point, but it never did. The tension never felt real enough throughout the movie, and the supporting cast wasn't three dimensional enough to really understand or care about. The ending was a complete let down. This movie frustrated me because there was a TON of potential. Tom Hanks is great as a sort of creepy Steve Jobs, but once again the script never fully commits to letting him flex his acting muscles. It's a bummer because I've been looking forward to this.
203 people found this helpful
Drake C.Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Promising Premise with an Unsatisfying Ending
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I really love the cast, and the story had promising potential. But it was executed pretty poorly, with an ending that left me feeling unsatisfied. In the beginning it felt like a modern twist on the movie, The Firm. Yet, it drastically differed from the firm because that movie at least had an ending that tied the whole movie together. This felt like they wanted to take down the "overwatch" like Circle, but instead gave in and made everyone transparent? That didn't make any sense and felt like it was a very rush ending to the movie. And John Boyega's character had so much potential. He was so good in his role, yet the character was drastically diminished to none other than a cameo it felt like. If anything, he should have been the main character having to fight to take down his own creation. That would have been a better story in my opinion.

Overall, I had high hopes that were crushed.
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