Europa The Circle

Last updated date: July 1, 2019

DWYM Score
4.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 119 expert reviews, the Europa Europa The Circle placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fiction Movie for a detailed review of all the top fiction movies.

Expert Summarized Score
3.4
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
5.3
74,730 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
“The Circle” has an elegant and original look, all sleek techno business clutter, and given its star wattage, it’s a good enough movie to find a niche in the marketplace. Watson, who’s at the center of nearly every scene, is a serious actress who proves that she can hold a film together with the force of her personality.
- Variety
The Circle is bolstered by a fascinating premise and solid performances. Watson does a good job of anchoring the proceedings as a fish-out-of-water trope who gets swept up in all the possibilities of The Circle, playing Mae as a wide-eyed optimist enamored with her new path.
- Screen Rant
Tom Hanks brings some laid-back energy to his role and makes us wish the movie had been about Bailey rather than Mae.
- Reel Views
“The Circle” is an engaging and thought-provoking film, enhanced by wonderful performances. It stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, and Bill Paxton in, sadly, his last film before he passed away.
- Dove
What experts didn't like
As a thriller, there’s a crushing lack of suspense. One particular car crash proves mildly exciting, but there’s a sense of forced peril to increase the heart rate, such as a silly midnight kayaking scene, and it’s disappointing to see Ponsoldt’s career leading to this. He’s impressed with underrated alcoholism drama Smashed and excellent David Foster Wallace drama The End of the Tour and in comparison, this feels like mindless hackery.
- The Guardian
The brilliance of Hanks' performance as Eamon Bailey, founder of The Circle, is that it's not remarkably different from the humble, charming average guy performance he gives as himself whenever he goes on talk shows, accepts awards, or narrates a documentary about the unsung heroes of World War II.
- Roger Ebert
“The Circle” is so clinical in its paranoia that it doesn’t hit many emotional buttons, but it’s the rare conversation-piece thriller that asks its audience: What sort of society do you really want?
- Variety
The character's arc is a hard sell for viewers, as it feels rushed to make a sub-2-hour runtime, but that is more the fault of the screenplay than Watson.
- Screen Rant
Artistically, The Circle feels a little muddled. With so much to say, the filmmakers struggled with how to say it, resulting in a confused and rather creepily off-putting story.
- Plugged In
The story? It’s basically Beauty (Emma Watson) versus the Beast (Tom Hanks), with zero chance of the former reforming the latter. Watson struggles to keep us in Mae’s corner.
- Rolling Stone
The Circle attempts to present both sides but the dice are loaded. Frustratingly, the movie never delves beneath surface arguments so there’s little here we haven’t heard or seen before.The character of Mae is the movie’s most glaring flaw. She’s reactive, inconsistent, and not interesting. Part of the problem may be Emma Watson’s one-note performance but she’s not given smart dialogue or a credible story arc.
- Reel Views

From The Manufacturer

Mae lands a dream job at a powerful tech company, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Lionsgate Pulp Fiction
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12
2. Paramount Pictures Star Trek
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 14
3. Warner Bros. Jupiter Ascending
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 13
4. Universal Studios Dune
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Paramount Pictures Star Trek: Insurrection
Overall Score: 6.4
Expert Reviews: 10
6. Lionsgate Daybreakers
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Dreamworks What Lies Beneath
Overall Score: 5.4
Expert Reviews: 10
8. Paramount Pictures Next
Overall Score: 5.1
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Europa The Circle
Overall Score: 4.0
Expert Reviews: 11
10. Paramount Pictures Transformers: The Last Knight
Overall Score: 3.8
Expert Reviews: 13

An Overview On Fiction Movies

It’s never been easier to watch a movie. At the click of a remote button, you can access whatever movie suits your mood, whether it was released earlier this year or decades ago. Some movies are available for free with a subscription, while others cost only a few dollars to rent or buy.

Before you commit to a movie, though, you may wonder if it’s worth the time investment. There are some films that are so well-known, all you need to hear is a title to know what you’ll get. However, even a good reputation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like a movie. Some viewers prefer intense action with plenty of fight scenes, while others like comedy woven into their films, no matter the genre.

If you’re renting or buying an older movie, one big question you’ll likely have is whether it stands the test of time. Today’s TVs are built to render visuals in vivid detail, so you’ll want to make sure your chosen movie supports that. Many older films have been digitally remastered to meet today’s high-definition standards, but you may find that not all of the movies online offer that.

In addition to visuals, the content of the movies themselves don’t always stand the test of time. What was unique or relevant to previous generations may no longer hold up. Some classics have been heavily imitated as well, making them seem less original when viewed after their successors. If you can think of the movie you’re watching in context, you’ll probably enjoy it more than if you compare it to today’s pop culture trends.

Lastly, you may wonder if the movie you’re choosing is family-friendly. Even if you won’t be watching with children, this is relevant. Profanity, violence and other mature content can be disturbing to some viewers, especially in extreme amounts. It’s important to look into that before you choose a movie to view, even if you’re watching a film that’s considered a classic.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first step toward streaming movies at home is to set your TV up to access streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, the TV shows and movies that are part of its service are included in your subscription. A smart TV will connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and let you navigate to those services using your remote. You’ll need to set up a username and password first, which can be easier on a computer or mobile device, and then simply input your password using your remote. You can also rent movies using your cable or dish provider’s on-demand service or through Redbox, which offers both a streaming service and actual DVDs you can pick up at their physical locations.

The Fiction Movie Buying Guide

  • Released in 1994, Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” was the movie that put director Quentin Tarantino on the map. It’s a collection of stories, woven together in creative ways. At the time, it was a gangster movie unlike anything ever seen before, bringing comedy and realistic dialogue to a genre that was traditionally very serious. The dialogue is, indeed, one of the best things about “Pulp Fiction,” making characters jump off the screen and entertaining you from start to finish.
  • No matter when you were born, there’s no escaping the ongoing legacy of the “Star Trek” series. In 2009, Paramount Pictures rebooted the franchise with “Lost” producer J.J. Abrams behind the camera, taking the series back to the beginning. The movie was a big hit upon its release, bringing fresh faces to the characters previous generations knew all too well.
  • Although Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending” was a bomb when it was initially released, it might be worth checking out now that you can rent it for a low price. The biggest problem with “Jupiter Ascending” was the expense to make it, putting it in the tough position of needing to sell an extraordinary amount of tickets once it hit theaters. But you can’t go wrong with stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, and a space opera just sounds like a great time, no matter what it’s about.
  • In 2020, “Dune” releases in theaters, remaking a film that has become a cult classic over the years. In 1984, Universal Studios’ “Dune” came out to bad reviews and lackluster ticket sales. Perhaps the most interesting thing about “Dune” is that it was made by a director with no interest in science fiction, yet somehow it’s managed to engage sci-fi fans in recent years. It’s also well worth watching to see Patrick Stewart early in his career.
  • Whether you’re sharing movie night with children or not, content is important. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek,” Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” and Universal Studios’ “Dune” are all PG-13, making them suitable for audiences ages 13 and up. Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction,” on the other hand, has an R rating. If you’re averse to profanity, you’ll particularly want to avoid “Pulp Fiction” and “Star Trek,” since both feature strong language.
  • Although Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” has plenty of light moments, don’t be fooled by the comedy. The movie has some extremely violent moments, as well as mature content involving drugs and sex.
  • Often what you sign up for when you rent or buy a movie is enjoyable characters. You won’t get much better than Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” when it comes to that. The dialogue brings the characters to life, making them likable even when they’re doing very unlikable things. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” doesn’t disappoint, either, staying true to the original characterizations of both Captain Kirk and Spock. With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may struggle with the characters at times, but Channing Tatum’s performance makes the hero likable. Dune packs in director David Lynch’s famed abstract style, with characters who are likably quirky.
  • If you enjoyed “Pulp Fiction” 25 years ago, you’ll find it just as powerful as it was originally. Even if you’re new to the film, though, you’ll still find it entertaining and unique.
  • Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” had some big shoes to feel, and it did so capably. However, you won’t find the film as cerebral as “Pulp Fiction.” It’s designed for entertainment, with a big special effects budget that provides plenty to watch.
  • With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may find the story a bit hard to follow, and the characters don’t have quite the development necessary to make it a character-driven film.
  • Universal Studios’ “Dune” is one of those movies that seem to get better in retrospect. Today’s viewers can appreciate the artistic vision Lynch brought to the project. Since the screenplay follows the book fairly closely, that means you’ll also get a legitimately riveting story as well.