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The Invisible Circus Review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    When flashbacks tease us with bits of information, it has to be done well, or we feel toyed with. Here the mystery is solved by stomping in thick-soled narrative boots through the squishy marsh of contrivance.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The revelations of The Invisible Circus don't justify the quest.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    This joyless coming-of-age travelogue is such a downer that not even breathtaking locales can provide a lift.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Okay for older teens, but nothing special.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know there is graphic sexual content and drug use in the movie. The teenaged Phoebe has sex with the much older ex-lover of her sister. Phoebe has a nasty acid trip. Some mature themes you may want to discuss with your teen: Terrorism, political commitment, young love, independence, accidental death, loss of a parent, suicide.

  • Families can talk about the political and social issues associated with the 1960s.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Few characters of color appear.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: A terrorist act goes awry and kills a man. A girl throws herself off a cliff. We see Faith contend with the fatal consequences of her political act. Phoebe drops acid and becomes disoriented.

  • sex false5

    Sex: A glimpse of a topless woman. When teenaged Phoebe has sex with Wolf, we see her bare breasts.

  • language false3

    Language: Consistent with the "R" rating: moderate to extreme profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug and cigarette use. The main character takes LSD.