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Circle

2015
Drama, Sci-fi
1h 27m
50 People find themselves in a dark room, arranged in a circle. Every two minutes, one of them dies. (Summary by DiamondMan)
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Circle

2015
Drama, Sci-fi
1h 27m
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Rated 31 May 2016
56
31st
Not executed all that well but I didn't turn it off, which warrants some credit cause I was pretty exhausted. Became increasingly paranoiac as I realized the basis for the story was an exaggerated retelling of nearly every one of my family reunion dinner table sits.
Rated 07 Nov 2015
42
4th
Too many characters, too repetitious. The script was inspired by the song 99 bottles of beer on the wall. Ninety-nine people are in a circle, 99 people are there, pick one when the circle goes round, 98 people are in a circle. Show a dark insight into the human psyche, remove a person from the large and undeveloped cast of characters, rinse, wash, and repeat.
Rated 05 Dec 2015
20
19th
What a waste of an intriguing set-up. The social commentary is shallow and predictable. The script is tedious and repetitive; you could even say it goes around... in circles. That joke right there was more inspired than the execution of this film. (2/5)
Rated 16 Sep 2020
54
10th
An extremely narrow scoped movie, you could call it sci-fi, or horror, or mystery, but the circumstances here are so nondescript as to leave everything up to the viewer's imagination. For what it's worth, I don't think aspirations were very high, so the makers probably achieved everything they wanted, or could afford. I wasn't bored, but I wasn't particularly thrilled about watching a couple dozen people stand in place bickering against a black background for an hour and a half either.
Rated 24 Oct 2015
40
9th
Starts out interesting, but kinda becomes boring as it goes on. Oh look, the intolerant person dies, wow, who would have guessed? The ending has a chance at saving the film, but fails, twice. What are the writers/directors trying to say? It doesn't feel like there's any message to the film -- and I don't even mean that it's pointless, that's the problem. I would have accepted pointlessness.
Rated 08 Nov 2015
73
88th
Circle is a refreshing change from the action-laden or gore-filled offerings that make up a large portion of the genre. While the film provides no context for plot, it provides plenty of opportunities for you to root for (or more accurately against) its many characters. For a film so dialogue heavy, it's a surprise that the film works (and it does) given that the cast is nothing special, and the credit lies mainly with the writer-director duo. The ending is satisfying, answering some mysteries.
Rated 12 Nov 2015
76
37th
Reminded me a lot of "Exam" entertaining premise, if not fully capitalised on.
Rated 04 Dec 2015
37
9th
You can pretty well tell what notes the movie is going to hit just by watching the trailer and looking at the characters. They're gonna play the race card, they're gonna play the gay card, they're gonna play the age card, all for a few healthy doses of micro-social-commentary. The characters exist to represent various social statuses more than anything, and just about every person who speaks becomes an asshole almost immediately.
Rated 13 Dec 2015
85
96th
Fantastic political commentary. Last scenes totally unnecessary.
Rated 16 Oct 2016
15
40th
The question "how do we end this?" still be asked by the directors
Rated 06 Nov 2016
43
37th
12 Angry Men doesn't work as well when it's 49 angry men.
Rated 03 Feb 2019
26
13th
Two baked guys on a couch: 'Imagine a reality TV show where people have to kill each other!', 'Dude!', 'and they would have to vote to decide who to kill like in survivor!', 'Duuude! And Aliens!!', 'Duuuuuude! Let's make a movie! We have everything we need.' This movie is not a political commentary. But it's depicting a worldview that calls for a political commentary. If your view is that humanity is garbage, then it tells me more about you than about humanity.
Rated 28 Jul 2020
48
12th
Cheap gimmicky premise with amusingly poor writing and some hilarious attempts by the actors to deliver it with any amount of seriousness. But mostly boring.
Rated 25 Oct 2015
50
28th
Nice idea not fully exploited that doesn't get too boring. Far too stereotypical, sometimes the movie uses very obvious characters like trying to include some socio-political message but those are very little and not specially clever moments and as a complete work it doesn't have that deepness. If you want something like that, with better characters and sort of a "who's next" element... I'll suggest "12 Angry Men".
Rated 25 Oct 2015
60
72nd
Damn it! I hate when sci/fi films don't have definitive endings. They always feel incomplete. A great premise that runs out of steam before the finish line. With that being said, if you liked the film "Cube", then this is worth checking out.
Rated 27 Oct 2015
50
77th
Liked the concept. So simple, yet effective. Yes, most of the characters were basically stereotypes, but with the time limit constantly there we weren't going to know any of the 50 that well regardless. So taking that into consideration.... Circle (2015) was pretty cool for a movie all about people simply standing around in one room for an hour and a half.
Rated 31 Oct 2015
87
81st
a beautiful look on human psychology and how we judge each other... who would you vote?
Rated 01 Nov 2015
60
38th
Lacks a point but mildy entertaining
Rated 05 Nov 2015
60
8th
This movie doesn't even deserve the effort of a bad review. This movie doesn't deserve anything.
Rated 11 Nov 2015
51
23rd
Eh, if you read the description of the movie and thought it sounded intriguing, you'll probably like it just fine as long as your expectations aren't too high. It's exactly what it sounds like.
Rated 17 Nov 2015
71
75th
I'd say the movie aged well, because I rated it on November 17th, 2015 with 41, and today October 13th 2021, I'd definitely give it more. Maybe I'm in a different mindset after 6 years, but I enjoyed the movie (and moreover I felt compelled to watch it again), despite it not living to its full potential.
Rated 18 Dec 2015
43
14th
It's a wonderfully simple concept, albeit one that shouldn't have been stretched out over an hour and a half.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
90
64th
What to know what society thinks about itself? This is definitely a mirror of all the prejudice views of EVERYONE! Age, Race, Sexuality, Religion, Social class, Morals, and Perversions. It's all in there to be punished. Also a reflection of history, it highlights that only the most cunning and ruthless will prevail and conquer for the future lines of generations--for THIS circle. But for other circles, the future (this film-story tells) can be different. It all depends...on who's in your circle.
Rated 13 Mar 2016
59
14th
I enjoyed the ending.
Rated 17 Apr 2016
50
6th
What a cheap cop out
Rated 12 May 2016
60
35th
This makes for some fun social commentary, but unfortunately the ending drops the ball and kind of dulls the impact.
Rated 17 May 2016
75
83rd
Even if the concept is better than the execution, it’s a really unique premise, and that’s enough for me.
Rated 11 Jun 2016
85
88th
A clear spiritual sequel to Cube.
Rated 05 Jul 2016
31
3rd
Waited for the gay person to show up for the whole damn hour in the movie because we have seen each typical member of American society in the first fifteen minutes. I think the best thing to do would be not to vote as a whole from the beginning and wait to be randomly killed. By the way, shout-out to the 16-year-old fella who comes up with the first reasonable idea of the film 50 mins in!
Rated 11 Aug 2016
26
14th
Sometimes classic movies can come from low budgets, a single set and a mystery plot. Cube comes to mind, Saw, even The Killing Room. In all these you have characters in a tight spot having to figure out a situation and gradually coming to terms with losing their humanity or possibly their life. This means a lot of talking, and requires knowledge of psychology and well-written characters. These humans seem to have been written by aliens, and somehow the loud assholes get to live for way too long.
Rated 09 Sep 2016
63
42nd
interesting low budget sci fi that takes a simple concept and has a lot of fun with it. the problem lies in the necessity to keep our interest over the running time so some of the character motivations are forced and unrealistic not to mention stupid. However the nature of the plot means it keeps moving on to the next 'round' so we don't have to dwell on what just didn't work. Sadly while there is a decent twist at the end, the overall ending is very weak and I had two much better ones in mind.
Rated 25 Sep 2016
73
53rd
Very "House on Maple Street"
Rated 02 Nov 2016
10
1st
concept was great but the movie was shit
Rated 04 Dec 2016
85
75th
Fun mystery/death game - I love this genre, especially when it's a single room type of thing.
Rated 01 Jan 2017
62
23rd
Too bad about the ending...
Rated 04 Apr 2017
70
45th
me diverti
Rated 16 Jun 2017
40
19th
I will give this film a little credit for being quite fun, and knowing that though its premise is gimmicky, that it can be done right. However, you can't give it much past that. It's characters are straight archetypes, it looks like its shot completely in a black canvas, and the acting ranges from fine to atrocious. Also, the ending is terrible.
Rated 05 Oct 2017
60
63rd
okay movie
Rated 28 Dec 2017
25
8th
I was so bored. People standing around talking for almost the entire running time is not film material.
Rated 30 Dec 2017
55
49th
Not bad.
Rated 28 Mar 2018
44
40th
Nice film if you are not expecting much. If it was like 20 people and rounds were bit longer maybe the viewers could care about characters more. Lots of random killings without drama and emotion was pointless to me. Overall not that bad if you don't count the ending.
Rated 04 Apr 2018
75
43rd
Interesting experimental film where 99% of the film takes place in one room. Personally, I enjoyed the ethical and moral questions the movie poised, but I could see the average watcher being bored out of their skull.
Rated 05 Jul 2018
65
26th
The idea looked promising, I was hoping it would be like Cube. Unfortunately, there was little development. The trailer gives away the first two minutes, and from then on, it's the same thing for the whole movie. Underwhelming, although *POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD* I liked the ending.
Rated 16 Jan 2019
75
51st
Might have been a masterpiece... But not good enough.
Rated 28 Mar 2019
54
30th
They were literally going round in circles
Rated 02 Jun 2019
51
26th
2.6.19(+)
Rated 08 Dec 2019
40
9th
Interesting concept but falls short on performance and (towards the end) production value.
Rated 12 Jan 2020
60
20th
Pretty heavy handed with the social commentary and not the best executed film in the world. However, I was pretty focused on it the whole way through, so I guess it got the drama part of it right.
Rated 19 Feb 2020
50
14th
50
Rated 22 Mar 2020
50
12th
So, you bring up a point about someone, you die, and at that minute that discussion is done? Really? That's not how things resolve right. An interesting concept, and a mediocre delivery on that concept. Might be a good watch in quaranteen days..
Rated 03 May 2020
50
30th
While it might be the very goal of the movie, the ending makes everything seem pointless. This ends up being a possibly accurate representation of what people would do in such a situation, and... well, it's not pretty for the most part. It's interesting to see the psychology of it all and the mind games, and it's interesting (if chilling) to realize the choices you, as a viewer, make in your own head... but it's still rather depressing in the end.
Rated 20 Oct 2020
43
16th
Terrible film, but managed to keep me some-what invested.
Rated 07 Dec 2020
82
77th
07.12.2020 Kartal
Rated 29 Jan 2022
73
79th
The movie explores the very best and worst of humanity and in the end shows us betrayal, corruption, evil and doesn't give us any solace. This one is not for the feint hearted. This movie is for those who dare to look into a dark mirror and explore the monsters within themselves. If you choose to watch this, tread carefully, be prepared that you will *not* have a pleasant time, but the journey might be worth it. If you dare to walk through it.
Rated 19 Nov 2022
73
22nd
A very interesting concept and even a decent execution. The movie went by surprisingly fast and I didn't get bored at all, which was unexpected for a fictional social experiment like this. Most of my critisism comes from the ending. I liked the twist, but it was extremely weak overall. I felt it needed a better closure after the intense last rounds.
Rated 23 Mar 2023
17
17th
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