Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Lael Lowenstein
    Tech elements, including music, lensing, costumes and production design are blazingly impressive and strikingly evocative on all levels.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    A film worthy of being displayed on a screen eight stories high.
  3. The big screen -- with that 3-D depth charge -- captures the strange magic of the "big top" Cirque in visual gulps.
  4. Reviewed by: Caroline Allen
    The film still shines.
  5. The troupe deserves every bit of its worldwide renown, and it makes this Imax trip one well worth taking.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicole Campos
    Why 3-D?
  7. It conveys plenty of wonder while mostly avoiding any saccharine preachiness.
  8. 60
    A hokey, more-than-a-little-annoying mystical journey of self-discovery.
  9. Reviewed by: Howard Cohen
    Too bad Journey of Man, as a whole, is never as consistently compelling as that one visually arresting scene (with Yves Décoste and Marie-Laure Mesnage)
  10. 50
    Cirque du Soleil's campy, crackbrained, and in no way unenjoyable 3-D IMAX pageant Journey of Man might be the oddest movie offering of the year so far.
  11. Unnecessary and silly.
  12. Commits the cardinal sin of all bad IMAX films: It favors visuals over narrative, glitter over substance.
  13. 25
    The ugly, witless pair of clowns who flit through the movie are emblematic of everything that is wrong with this dull, monumentally pretentious mess.

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