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The Circle (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 28 April 2017 (USA)
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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.


James Ponsoldt


James Ponsoldt (screenplay by), Dave Eggers (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
1,248 ( 197)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Watson ... Mae
Ellar Coltrane ... Mercer
Glenne Headly ... Bonnie
Bill Paxton ... Vinnie
Karen Gillan ... Annie
Tom Hanks ... Bailey
Beck ... Beck
Nate Corddry ... Dan
Mamoudou Athie ... Jared
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. ... Beck Bandmate
Joey Waronker Joey Waronker ... Beck Bandmate
Michael Shuman ... Beck Bandmate
Nick Valensi Nick Valensi ... Beck Bandmate (as Nicholas Valensi)
John Boyega ... Ty
Regina Saldivar ... Partier


When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes, begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on the best-selling novel. See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

28 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melinda's Song See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,034,148, 28 April 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,476,391, 2 June 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Received a "D+" CinemaScore, which is quite rare. [Variety 2017] See more »


When Mae demonstrates Soul Search by finding the location of a wanted person somewhere in the world, she says they will choose a person at random. Yet when the person is selected, Mae is able to tell the audience many facts about that person, including why they went to prison and how they escaped, all without having to read the details on the screen. See more »


Eamon Bailey: We're so fucked.
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Crazy Credits

A dedication to Bill Paxton at the closing credits which reads: "For Bill". See more »


References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


Alabama Railroad Town
Written & Performed by Doug Firebaugh
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A fairly acted but lazy dystopian piece of work that has its moments but tells hardly nothing new.
27 April 2017 | by mattetheworst-90898See all my reviews

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). It all seems a huge déjà vu: the promising and smart girl from a humble setting, a bigger-than-anyone company, a dark side (roughly shown by an under-exploited Boyega), the struggle with all of this. Being The Circle marketed as a thriller, audience is meant to be thrilled, at some point; this hardly ever happens; being marketed as a dystopian picture, The Circle certainly has some suggestive elements but fails to mix them smoothly. Its lazy effort is to take problems we are already struggling with -such as loss of privacy, invasive social media and their influence on politics, appalling need for control- and push them a little further in a not-so-far future without making a good or even consistent plot out of it, not to mention a solid message. It's fairly normal to walk out the theater a bit disappointed by seeing a movie with such great talent wasted in a muddy, eyebrow-raising subject that is just as inane as its tagline: 'Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better.'

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