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The Last Circus

Rated R for brutal and bloody violence throughout, some strong sexual content, nudity and language.

R In Theaters 08/19/2011 , 105min.
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Loud, tedious and unattractive in every sense, this barrage of blood set during the Franco regime combines the helmer's customary cartoonishness with horror and ups it a thousand notches. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
It's also possible, I suppose, that a movie as deranged and grotesque and spectacular as Álex de la Iglesia's near-masterpiece The Last Circus, an overcooked allegory that's been dialed to 11 in all directions, simply doesn't appeal to you. But if you like your baroque sex and violence with a side dish of heavy-duty symbolism, and if the idea of an unholy collaboration between, say, Guillermo del Toro, Federico Fellini and William Castle appeals to you, then put The Last Circus on your must-see list right now. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Brilliant, bizarre, dazzling and utterly demented, The Last Circus views Franco-era Spain through the crazed eyes of two clowns doing battle for the love of one magnificent woman. Full Review
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. Full Review
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Inventive yet exhausting tale of two circus clowns. Full Review

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