• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 3, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 99
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7

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  1. Mar 2, 2011
    1
    I saw 1 episode where a horse was being trained and was badly injured. I hate circuses and how they treat their animals. Doing these tricks at such a horrific expense is completely unacceptable.
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Dec 9, 2010
    70
    The cinematography is beautiful, and there seems to be nowhere around the Big Apple's tents and trailers that the camera won't go. There's just not much in the way of drama here.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Dec 9, 2010
    91
    The three-week, six-hour miniseries introduces a colorful, international cast of characters who live and breathe to create one moment of perfection under the limelight.
  3. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Dec 9, 2010
    91
    Sure, watching a trapeze act slowly take form is fun (really fun, actually), but what's fascinating here is the deeply empathetic storytelling. It turns out what happens outside the ring is the most interesting part of Circus. [5 Nov 2010, p.65]