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  • Summary: The Ponce family's hardscrabble circus has lived and performed on the back roads of Mexico since the 19th century. But can their way of life survive into the 21st century? Against the backdrop of Mexico’s collapsing rural economy, the ringmaster must choose between his family tradition and a wife who wants a better life for their
    family outside the circus. (First Run Features)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 7, 2011
    90
    A marvel of a documentary, a clear-eyed and affectionate film that tells a remarkable story with both visual and personal sensitivity. More impressive still, it's largely the work of one man.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 31, 2011
    90
    Circo offers a touching chronicle of a dying culture harnessed to ambitions that remain very much alive.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 3, 2011
    88
    An artfully observant and unexpectedly moving documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Apr 14, 2011
    75
    The most amazing act in the Gran Circo Mexico doesn't take place in the ring - it's the grind between performances.
  5. 75
    Ever so subtly, Schock gradually transports us beyond the exotic and into gripping universal storytelling, aided all the way by the evocative music of Tucson songsmiths Calexico.
  6. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Apr 21, 2011
    75
    Circo offers a fascinating mix of backstage drama and family dynamics.
  7. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Apr 3, 2011
    50
    The film engages sporadically but mostly fails to take advantage of its under-documented milieu.

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