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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Before going off in conventional directions, "Circus" is terrifically weird, funny and garish. Bozo and Clarabelle it ain't. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    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. show more

  • 75
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

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

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Inventive yet exhausting tale of two circus clowns. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It's not a pretty picture, but it is a hellaciously gorgeous and original film. show more

  • 58
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    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. show more

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