The Circle (2017) - Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Hohum Score

41

Bearable

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.

IMDB: 5.3
Director: James Ponsoldt
Stars: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 125 out of 469 found boring (26.65%)

One-line Reviews (301)

The acting by Emma Watson was.. confusing to say the least, and the repercussions of the fictional technology seemed unrealistic and just plain ridiculous.

Emma Watson plays the lead actress in this film and unfortunately I found her really bland, her character is just given nothing to make you care about her and she just comes across with a very bland performance.

Being predictable makes for a not perfect movie, but then again, we strive to be unique, unpredictable, go our own way, right?

Don't Waste Your Time .

When (Bailey) Tom Hanks goes on stage and talk about sticking surveillance camera in the tree, you would expect even the most unthinking crowd to bring up the privacy cliché, not to mention an elite company filled with intellectuals.

Yes, a bit bored at this point, but as you later discover the point of such bland, insipid, nerdy, monotonous, pabulum behavior is to set you up for … 2.

You would literally think they edited out huge portions of his character making it seem weird and disjointed.

Watson does her best, but this is a snoozer .

Very badly acted out, utterly unconvincing, and boring .

And somehow they managed to take the guy from star wars and just make him into the most boring actor on the face of the planet.

Don't waste your time or your money going to see this.

It's often incredibly dull and repetitive with a fairly incoherent beginning before Hanks shows up.

There was no story to follow.

Most of them are "God-Awful" suffering from Shallow Concepts, Uninspiring Followups and Resolutions, Bad-Writing, Bad-Acting, and even the Big-Budget Movies take the Concept and Fail Miserably.

The worst movie EVER Don't waste your time.

Please just go read the book by Dave Eggers if you're looking for something a lot more engaging story.

Much like Frozen plays off like two different movies crudely sewn together, The Circle appears to be one movie for the first two acts, but takes an unexpected and unfulfilling turn in the third.

What a colossal waste of time.

However, despite this, the Circle is an intriguing look at how in business, ruthless acts hide behind a kind smile.

It is so boring and cliche that you don't want to continue watching after 15 minutes.

Emma Watson plays a cliché meek SJW who gets hired by Google and then tries to tweet and blog everything without realizing she's losing privacy.

Went in with high expectations, based on the cast, but it left me feeling totally empty inside and with a total loss in faith for all humanity.

This starts well with a slow increasingly sinister build that feels like a spritzed up Hollywood version of a Black Mirror episode.

Two of the worst movies in recent history for sure.

Watching this was a waste of time.

Too boring.. .

It's Empty Blathering and Pandering to Post-Modern Concepts that are given very Little Thought, or Drama for that Matter.

Anyway, even if you cannot call it the most realistic film of the year 2017, it is still damn entertaining and also brings a message that is worth sharing.

I, as an amateur, would go hoping to be "wowed" by the typical entertaining pieces - the ones that make sense to me.

Watch 'Eye in the Sky,' 'We Live in Public,' 'Ex Machina' or even 'Wall-E' for entertaining critiques on technology's role in society.

Summarizing: "The Circle" is as empty and devoid of interesting ideas as the teen sitting next to you thumbing incessantly a smart phone.

Way to similar to the movie "Antitrust" so save your money and instead of going to the movie theater, just rent (or he'll buy the DVD for cheap) of "Antitrust" instead.

There were some intense moments.

Emma Watson only has two expressions, bored and confused and she overuses both the entire film.

Just because you witnessed her rather uninteresting existence (without seeing the bathroom scene's btw).

Mae Holland (Watson) is a young college student that's currently bored with her life, and has to deal with a lot of family drama.

The Circle is one of the worst movies of the year and on top of that, it tried to lie to its audience by bringing in Tom Hanks to serve as poster and trailer's bait, even though he's just on the screen for barely a few scenes.

A vague attempt at highlighting how an organisation with too much access to personal information can bore the hell out of you.

It is the characters dialogue and predictable script that I found so awful to the point that halfway through the film, I actually checked my watch and let out big sigh as I found the film had one more hour to go.

Overall a very bland and forgettable movie with some bad acting thrown in, as well as the frustration by the inclusion of some great actors.

Based off Dave Eggers novel, the Circle is full of potential with its intriguing narrative reflecting the current society values of technology, and social media and where this will take us in the future.

I don't get the 1-star reviews, as the movie is entertaining and tells a fairly accurate story of the moment we're living now.

Enjoyable film, despite the FB/Podcast/Twitter Gen disliking it .

The movie seems to be confusing a cult / religious / dictatorship / brainwashing type scenario with Social Media and Big Data.

Like I say this isn't an awful movie, it is just like the software in the film, uninteresting and dull.

The few interesting ideas - the emergency response enabled by technology, the problems with work-life balance, the fragility of social bonds - are totally and completely ruined by a boring and predictable narrative chock full of unrealistic scenarios and horrible writing.

No story, no acting, no reason to waste your money on this .

Slow burning future look at technology .

Hanks does a great job of portraying the megalomaniacal hypocrite employing every propaganda technique and piece of modern 'toy-tech' at his disposal to enlarge his empire.

I couldn't carry on watching the movie, so I exited the theater looking for something more interesting and intriguing to watch.

But in hindsight, it kind of makes sense because the "circle" is all about community and engaging with your community.

Some people have said the movie is predictable.

Not going to waste a minute more, so I'll keep this short: This is the worst movie I've seen in years.

At age 55 as of the viewing, the film's privacy invasion theme did at least make me leave the theater quite relieved that I'm as old as I am at this time, and maybe that I wouldn't mind being a little older, even.

A total waste of time.

The worst movie ever, the worst movie ever, worst movie ever, worst movie ever, worst movie ever, stupid movie, dumb movie, stupid movie, don't waste your time, very very dumb movie, the worst movie ever, the worst movie ever.

Despite being slow paced, somewhat clumsy and at times boring, I do believe that this is a movie worth watching.

Probably the worst movie I've seen in a very long time.

It's pretentious in the worst way, portending serious societal issues, then shirking away from addressing them in realistic, useful ways in order to manipulate the audience.

Anyways, All of this led me to think that this was basically CIA/NSA propaganda to show that, "Hey, Americans!

If you have watched "Black Mirror" and you enjoyed it, you will definitely enjoy this movie, contrary to what the reviews might suggest.

I found all of the performances - especially John Boyega's and Karen GIllan's - enjoyable.

Dull .

This film won't set your world on fire or win an Oscar for best actress etc, but the message is compelling.

When I watched the preview for The Circle, I thought I was going to be in for a Technological Psychological Thriller with a strong protagonist in Emma Watson, and an intriguing antagonist in Tom Hanks (playing a bad guy for once).

The Circle presents a fascinating premise .

The script is weak and tooooo predictable.

It's slow and without any real tension.

Horrible, boring, and a waste of a good talent.

And it's pretty predictable.

If you enjoyed it, I highly recommend reading the book by Dave Eggers; in some ways it is a completely different story, and certainly a different experience.

This movie contained no real plot line.

The sound-design, editing, and cinematography are bland.

And that is really compelling, because the spectator is always afraid of her next move "what is she doing ???

Yawn.

a Very boring unrealistic movie like why isn't anyone concerned about the invasion of privacy with the exception her parent ,they only feel moments of lack of privacy and just move on ,Emma Watson's character is so plain and boring .

It's worth watching.

no story-line, worst editing and very very very poor ending.

I read the book that this movie is from and enjoyed it quite a bit.

This movie has earned its spot along with the very worst movies I have ever seen.

If all else fails, watching Tom Hanks stroll around a building for two hours is entertaining enough.

Overall, The Circle tries to make a name for itself amongst the many "dangers of technology" movies, but as always, lazy writing and a poor and predictable plot can only lead to the disappointing result it ends up being.

That was a shame, there was a lot of potential that went nowhere.

The film is filled with intriguing questions about the balance of our social and professional lives and how they intermingle, and whether, with increased surveillance and the knowledge that we're being watched, our behavior would gradually improve.

The movie did a great job of scaring me into the belief that someone is watching me through my phone (but I was already there so..)The actual message that the movie tries to deliver is a bit confusing.

Tried to watch it, but its the same slow pace throughout.

It's so predictable, the writing was cringe-worthy, mediocre acting, and it was so so unrealistic.

The Circle is marketed as keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Technically it is enjoyable to watch.

Parts of this movie were mildly entertaining, and if you still want to go see it, by all means do so.

Only watched it for its two main actors the film itself is boring .

This is a relevant look at a modern concern, the erosion of privacy in an increasingly social-media connected world, which is an intriguing topic for a near-future sci-fi thriller, where we see the scary side of allowing all our actions to be monitored and our data to be public.

I believe that I'm saying enough about the movie by saying we walked out on it with an hour left of it.

I thought it was a little boring so I would not buy it on DVD.

Overall, The Circle was a complete waste of time and talent.

The Circle is a film that demonstrates real potential; exploring events that are relevant and engaging in an increasingly technologically dependent society.

complete waste of time .

And the premise was absolutely fascinating, touching on themes that are relevant today and important.

This movie is a perfect, perhaps extreme, example of the BS going in the world today, I found it to be very entertaining, foreshadowing, and victorious at the end.

This film, for me, without being a "critic", is enjoyable.

My usual final question, which is whether its worth the watch, is answered with an emphatic NO.

Probably could have been condensed into a short 15 min film, but as a 90 min movie, its a waste of time.

WORST MOVIE OF ALL TIME !

It plays like a a series of events put together, but it's a series of dull events.

This is slumming for Hanks and another waste of his time.

Just like everything else I've seen her in, her character was bland and sort of emotionless.

Instead of finishing this movie with a heart wrenching "oh my gosh" moment of awakening, like it seems you're are supposed to feel, I instead finished it feeling empty.

Whole accident with friend was so predictable, and weak in legal aspect.

Dont waste your time......

Boring and predictable .

Everything is so dry, stale and boring.

If you want to talk a bit about your story; A college graduate girl named May looks at the phone in a boring call center and she starts working at a technology company called The Circle through her close friend Annie.

Literally the worst movie I have ever seen .

It's formulaic through and through.

It's a very monotone movie since there's nothing happening, ever.

The beginning was as enticing as the mundane features that capitulated the audience; at least for the preliminary hour.

The movie also left me feeling like I attended a boring and biased argument based presentation.

Such a dull delivery, leaves me recommending this one for renting at home, or at least recommending you read the book (or books) it is based on.

She tries far too hard with some very overwrought dialogue delivery, while seeming stiff and ill at ease in the speeches (a far cry from Hanks' delivery of his introductory scene which had me and my sister glued to the screen and on the edge of our seats), her grief doesn't ring true due to a lack of genuine emotion and she came over as too smug, aloof and self-congratulatory at the end.

Now, with its story being just intriguing enough, it also feels like it contains a little too much hooey for my taste.

Dull, Flat, and Poorly Executed at almost Every Level.

Waste of time .

Spiderman: Homecoming was the only film that I can say was a bit worse but at least that was so bad it was entertaining.

but quickly failed to do so by turning into such a predictable and awful film.

Combining the thematic approach to 'Fifteen Million Merits' and 'Nosedive' from the Black Mirror anthology, The Circle uses feedback systems to monitor the progress they make at work, their customers' satisfaction, and their 'popularity', gained through engaging in almost-compulsory extra-curricular events.

An unexpected change of heart causes Holland to turn on her employers, Bailey and Stenton (Oswalt), by inviting them to go 'fully transparent' and leaks their emails, private emails, and company documents.

Emma Watson makes a very dull and unrelatable hero.

Unexpected things happen when the transparency lens is turned inward on the company.

Contrary to some reviews it does have 'a story' and some great characters - it just progresses naturally at its own linear pace rather than rely on formulaic 'escalation' moments.

The problem is that it does so while dragging an invisible anchor around with it, zzzzzz.

The character is everywhere and overused so much it's quickly become tiresome to watch.

Highly riveting and compelling subject.

The idea that Watson's character has this stunning brainstorm at the end, which the co-founder of the Circle company never would have thought of, is so idiotically unbelievable, as to leave any audience in fits of laughter.

The whole thing is meaningless, boring, awkward to watch, I just wanted to puke every 5 minutes.

With a strong plot in his hands,James Posoldt wasted his opportunity by making this bland film.

The movie where he is being chased by cranes in empty construction lots.

Despite these issues, I found that The Circle was quite enjoyable.

But the other characters were uniformly one-dimensional: the cliché-ridden parents, the brooding Ty Lafitte lurking around the facility, the soft-male boyfriend Mercer, and the ever-smiling employees who have been deprived of any individuality.

Not 100% of the time though, the film does have some gripping moments which may still entertain once you get pass the creepiness hidden in the Circle.

I hated this movie the first time I saw it- when it was called EdTV, The Net, etc. Probably meant to be a warning against Google's mission to gather all knowledge on Earth, this pretentious mess instead is a child's chalk sidewalk drawing of stick people being chased by cameras, or something.

Entertaining and thoughtful .

The beginning was as enumerable as the mundane features that capitulated the audience; as least for the preliminary hour.

My main complaint was that the last quarter seemed rushed, where the first 3/4 of the film was slowly paced.

Shallow, Empty, Pandering and Platitudes...

This film it is worth watching and is not as dull or trite as many of the reviewers say it is.

So dreadfully boring without any change in pace or excitement or great one-liners.

Fascinating the premise that gets explored here with Emma Watson as the film's lead doing well with delivering on the purpose of The Circle and quite clever what she delivered at the denouement.

but that is still entertaining nonetheless and will definitely get you thinking about the future of technology, social media and privacy.

The plot was grossly under developed and the ending was weak and predictable.

Don't waste your time .

Just a really bland presentation of what has become a real life threat, through technology...

But then, it goes downhills into a new bland and uninspiring movie with very advanced scenery techniques and a tasteless story line.

But it sets the tone for the film in general, which despite its interesting idea, is for the most part just totally unengaging and strangely dull, with characters spouting ridiculous, wordy dialogue that doesn't feel real at all.

Some of 'The Circle' doesn't look too bad, it's nicely shot with some lovely locations, especially in the otherwise fairly repetitive and pointless kay-acking scenes.

Found a lot of the script stilted, over-complicated (with an overload of technical jargon that confuses and alienates the viewer) and self-indulgent.

Waste of time.

The trailer sold this movie as a fast paced, suspenseful thriller, which this movie is not.

A lot of the important story line is cut from the movie, in doing this it has caused me confusion as time is just skipped and we only see a fraction of what actually goes on.

waste of time .

Preachy, Stupid, Stodgy Nonsense .

Cliché, horrid, unbearable dreck.

And the creepiest thing about it is how easily a large percentage of humanity could be tricked by propaganda.

Boring!!.

This movie is a waste of time unless you have super paranoid delusions of grandeur about where technology is headed.

Production-wise it was fine, performance-wise it was fine, just not interesting, atall, I had to stop at least 5 times because I was just bored.

The script is just incredibly bland, the film never goes far enough with its dramatic dialogue to make you care about the characters or there situation.

It's giving voice to an idea that has already been heard widely, letting it fester and stink of cliché.

The Circle, with its overextended foothold on the aspects of social media, is fascinating.

This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

I haven't read the book this one is based on, but judging merely the movie I enjoyed it for the most part.

Emma Watson is a bit too charmless to carry the result alone but her more intriguing co-stars (Bill Paxton in his final movie role, Tom Hanks as the founder of the company, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headley) are sadly delegated to sidelines and can't really help carry the weight.

John Boyega's character had nothing to him, he went nowhere, I didn't care.

THE CIRCLE is predictable, it's boring and some of the characters are annoying.

But all in all it's just average and kinda boring.

I can see why this film bombed at the Box Office as it is so boring,it drags for so long and half the time I wanted to turn it off as I was watching it on some site.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Interesting message or just propaganda?

The worst movie I've ever seen.

confusing,, then gets predictable .. and then kinda goes nowhere .

Acting was average The plot was predictable and boring Overall the film made no real sense.

It is like the script writer finished the main character and then got bored and decided to go for 2D characters instead.

This movie is predictable, the acting is awful save for Watson, Boyega, and Hanks.

Simply very boring .

It's the Circle of Politically Dull.

Fascinating and enjoyable film .

But to my disappointment I was bored and disgusted throughout the scenes.

I can not recommend you to watch this movie, it is just a waste of time and the warning of the social media that it is supposed to be is just a laughingstock.

This is one if the worst movies I have ever seen...

Things happen to her, she doesn't make them happen, which makes her dull and boring -- Something one would think could be a big decision-changer for actors like Emma Watson to accept a role in a film at this point of her career.

the "climax" is unsatisfying and just leaves you feeling empty.

While possessing a quality message and material to potentially make a gripping and mysterious film, it falls short with hollow and forgetful characters/performances, wildly off-the-wall concepts, and many plot holes and questions that can be formed with no answer to them.

If not, then The Circle will only be famous for being Tom Hanks' worst movie, given his lukewarm presence--a rare event in his career--in a role that begs for a strong performance.

Even the intentionally annoying and confusing geeks came across great.

A rather bland look at what everyone seems to already be doing in the world today...

It was a thrilling plot, until the death of Mae's friend.

Predictable plot, poor acting and clumsy attempts at making profound statements.

undeveloped, disjointed, and scenes that made no sense.

The worst movie EVER.

But seriously, from a major production perspective, it has to be perhaps the worst movie of the year.

This movie is trash, I watch tons of movies and this is one of the worst movies I have seen in awhile.

Watson's performance is more than worthy, but the camera fails to capture it in an engaging way.

Yet what it ends up being is a dull, incredulous parody of what people outside Silicon Valley think of people in Silicon Valley.

Shallow, predictable, and patronising .

Perhaps the most compelling thing about seeing The Circle, is the glow of people checking their phones as soon as the credits rolled.

Nice theme, but predictable storyline.

More Divergent franchise than Social Network, it's a slick, predictable sci-fi snooze.

By the end of the movie, it became quite clear that The Circle had hoped to offer some profound social commentary on technology and human behaviour, but ultimately failed to do so by creating such a predictable and "cheesy" film.

The vote is a mere average between Watson and Hank's solid, terrific acting (vote: 8), an acceptable but overall trite, tedious screenplay (vote: 5) and some involuntarily laughable dystopian concepts mixed with some muddy social satire (vote: 3).

As for her vocal performance she might as well have the script in her hand during the movie because her dull tone makes it seem like she's reading it out from a teleprompter anyways.

Egger's tale of how 1984 has arrived and we are Big Brother is a compelling and eminent warning that we have already gone too far in our use of social media.

15-20 minutes into the film everything becomes completely predictable.

Normally, almost every movie scares me, with this film I just felt bored.

Honestly the film itself was extremely predictable, its completely focused on these silly cameras, the death of someone or an embarrassing scene was obviously going to happen, and of course there's cameras to see it.

Pandering, ham-fisted, and just plain boring .

Even during those rare moments when she was supposed to be displaying some sort of emotion, it felt forced, contrived.

bore the hell out of you for 1 hour and 50 minutes!

Other than that, this film is a sloppy mess full of dull characters, really bad dialogue, and poor acting.

On this boring movie.

As such, the movie is pretty dull and lacks the entertainment quality you might have been seeking.

Certain scenes are SO contrived that it becomes wince inducing and the series of choices Mae makes are less naivety than they are blithe stupidity.

worst movie ever .

Sorry, this film doesn't have that either, with the "exciting climax" not showing up until the last twenty minutes of the movie.

What a pointless movie.

Compelling?

The premises of "The circle" can arguably be called "cliche".

Don't waste your time.

Everything in the plot was a well-used, worn-out cliché.

The dialogue is just cliché and awful.

It was boring, dull, and the direction of the story and characters were terribly put together.

Unfortunately towards the end as you are dragged along to the point of rebelling against Anti-Social Media and its intrusions the film instead goes off in a very creepy and stalker-like tangent in advocating total intrusion of anti-social media and presenting Emma Watsons character as being SO SUCCESSFUL for embracing the destruction of the private domain...

At one end, aged and seriously ill parents, and the other end, making an unexpected leap in the workplace lead her to be a celebrity overnight.

What a waste of time and money!

The Circle remains nonetheless worth watching, because the issue of privacy invasion certainly deserves serious public consideration, and if it helps younger viewers to consider the privacy effect of greater connectivity, then the viewers' time is well spent--as long as one manages to see beyond the investor's lack of regard for the same back home in Abu Dhabi.

" After about 10 minutes watching Emma walk through a boring life, I was beginning to think that tearing off my fingernails might be a bit more enjoyable than this "movie".

Despite having a good cast, "The Circle" is a snoozer.

And then you have John Boyega (you know the latest star of Star Wars) in an utterly pointless bizarre role where he stands in the back of rooms and looks broody.

This film delivers an enjoyable experience for a Saturday night date night with the Mrs without being bored.

Most probably, the book has enough material to fill a whole season or two of a well-made serial, totally worth watching...

Only, flesh and bone human being standing in front of me breathing in and out while i listen to the dance of tone, movement and gesture is real, unique, beautiful, fascinating and wonderful.

Are *Millennial's* and *Snow Flakes* that dull-witted?

don't waste your time.

Dull .

As and avid movie watcher I can easily say this is the worst movie I have seen in years.

there is just so much I could say about how much of a waste of time this movie is.

I need compelling reasons to watch the next Emma Watson movie.. .

What a waste of money!

In the 50's and 60's you have distinctive, interesting, fascinating, beautiful, unique, daring automobiles with wonderful character and the populace looked forward to next years 'model' with anticipation and enthusiasm whether they were going to purchase one or not.

It's sleepy boring, it's incredibly monotone and its characters have nothing going for them.

Don't waste your time, and especially not your money.

Then the masses shared every minute, mundane aspect of their lives and the world didn't stop turning.

Nope: boring characters, circular logic and techno-phobic platitudes are all you get here.

was that a propaganda?.

This is the least suspenseful thriller since thrillers were first made.

It's not even "so-bad-it's-good" bad, it's just incredibly dull.

Oh a yawn fest.

This was intriguing, inspirational, and very enjoyable to watch.

Absolutely worth watching.

If that sentence seem heavy-handed, pretentious, and contradictory then prepare yourself for The Circle.

Feels empty .

The problem is that the plot is just bland.

How can some one write an anti privacy film, muddle it til its illogical and confusing - then try to say privacy is bad at the end without laying any real argument?

In this case, I must confess to being a bit surprised at our divergence of views: a lot of people clearly hated this movie whereas I confess that I found it very entertaining.

Ellar Coltrane is dull, there is no chemistry between any of the characters, you don't even get to understand what they are supposed to be one to the other and Tom Hanks is not enough to save the whole production making you wonder what the heck is he doing in it.

The movie however is the super-cliche version of this entire affair.

Save yourselves, save your money, save your time and DON'T WATCH IT!

IMO the movie was a total waste of money, talent of the actors and, last but not least, my time.

If anything I think it's the latter part, the ambition of this quasi-present-day dystopian world where this one big company that works a little wee bit like a cult (but like a Shinny Happy People Cult(TM) that people can sink their teeth into, lacking the cynicism and nastiness one usually or should sees on social media), where a character enters in and becomes immersed and loves it, only to find out all is not what it seems.

This was by far the most disappointing and just utterly boring movie I have ever sat through.

It's story is good and enjoyable, it passes the time nicely.

Watching this movie may have been one of the most bland, emotionless experiences of my life.

Watch with a grain of salt, this movie has been moved from being entertainment to propaganda.

Pretty weighty stuff which, unfortunately, comes off plain silly more often than upsetting and compelling.

With a cast including such talent as Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Emma Watson, John Boyega, and Patton Oswalt, you'd expect one heck of a thrilling tale to unfold in this sci-fi meets current-world social media film, at least I did...

Watson does a great job of portraying the poor sap getting overwhelmed by the storm of BS and brainwashing gobbledygook she finds herself immersed in.

Even casts are boring in this movie.

Pandering, ham-fisted, and boring.

Bad, Boring, Slow movie .

Hoping to see a more intriguing movie,with suspense.

The film tells the story of a young college student who gets an exciting new job at a successful internet company, but things become too intense when she later learns that the corporation is a huge threat to everyone's privacy.

Waste of time.

While it's entertaining enough to spend the time watching in the end THE CIRCLE will most likely be a movie long forgotten in a short period of time.

Long, dull, boring and lame.

The movie's plot follows that same path by having a really intriguing story that is taken to so unrealistic and implausible levels, that by the end, it can only be described as too dumb and stupid to be true.

Subplots are introduced and those end up going nowhere.

Skip this one: It's pointless .

It is worth watching ...

Maybe that's its goal, and maybe high-schoolers will respond to it as fascinatingly complex, but its onslaught of logical fallacies and unclear messaging just make it all fascinatingly confusing.

The film is an attention-getting, absorbing object lesson in neglecting critical thinking.

We are so immersed in this technology-based world now where we ourselves even wonder about some of the scenarios the film portrays, and that's the biggest praise I can give this film.

I'd still say The Circle is worth watching, and I admire Tom Hanks and Emma Watson for doing it.

It was a hilarious jab at pointless social media activism.

The script is so incredibly ponderous, pontificating endlessly on the dire consequences of a world where everything is known.

Billed as a futuristic thriller, 'The Circle' comes off as being very formulaic and unlike the innovative products that are at the center of the film.

Uninteresting.

Waste of my time .

The scenario and writing is still enjoyable.

Quite literally a pointless waste of time .

Absolute waste of time to watch.

And I wont even begin to speak to you in regards the plot - it was so cliché that you could sleep through 3/4 of the film, wake up and not misunderstand what is going on in the film.

The camera spends too much time on Mae's bland, wondering stare and meaningless conversations that would be better spent arguing the mission of the Circle.

The pacing was slow and there were way too many plot holes.