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  • Summary: Set in 1950's Ireland, this romantic coming-of-age story follows three childhood friends from a small town as they head to college in Dublin.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    Their sweet, determined, gently understated struggle for fulfillment in a superstitiously conservative society makes this densely, deftly packed movie a quiet joy to behold.
  2. 88
    Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    80
    Although there isn't anything startlingly original in this tale of three Catholic girls falling in love in late-fifties Ireland, it gets a sweet telling in Pat O'Connor's pretty film.
  4. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    Naturally charming without being beautiful, Driver brings extraordinary intensity and tenderness to a role that easily could have become sappy.
  5. As Benny, a small- town Irish teenager in the '50s who goes off to university in Dublin, Minnie Driver has a touchingly awkward prettiness. Her jaw may be as square as a picture frame, but her smile lights her up from within.
  6. As Benny (short for Bernadette), a big-boned, headstrong lass who strains winningly against the restrictions of family, religion and just plain growing up, [Driver's] a comedic breath of fresh air, easily the best thing about the movie.
  7. 50
    Circle has a wit and warmth that makes something as glibly contemporary as Reality Bites seem trite and toothless. [15 Mar 1995, Pg.06.D]

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