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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Young Benny has a nice smile, and she and Jack seem like pleasant people, but in the end (and in the beginning and in the middle) it's hard to get worked up about them. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Circle has a wit and warmth that makes something as glibly contemporary as Reality Bites seem trite and toothless. [15 Mar 1995, Pg.06.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Circle of Friends is heartwarming and poignant, a love story that glows with intelligence and feeling. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Driver, who is padded but not fat, is an actress with self-possession to spare. Her looks defy conventional rules about modern beauty, but the directness of her gaze and the honesty of her smile make it difficult to look anywhere else when she is on screen. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    This unashamedly old-fashioned coming-of-age story is nothing new, but remains highly watchable nevertheless. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    From that point on, the movie becomes distressingly predictable, with nary a surprise to be found. show more

  • 60
    Caroline Westbrook Empire

    Despite its glaring obviousness, this is charming enough to captivate the viewer, producing unexpectedly strong female characters and faultless attention to detail. show more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle

    As Benny, [Driver] nudges the film out of its few valleys of smarm, making Circle of Friends a heartfelt love letter to circles of friends everywhere. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    As Benny, a small- town Irish teenager in the '50s who goes off to university in Dublin, Minnie Driver has a touchingly awkward prettiness. Her jaw may be as square as a picture frame, but her smile lights her up from within. show more

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