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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 17, 2016
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth Image
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75

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  • Summary: The political documentary series featuring Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann and campaign strategist Mark McKinnon takes a look behind-the-scenes of the 2016 presidential race.
  • Genre(s): News/Documentary, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Feb 26, 2016
    90
    This is one circus worth attending, a series bottomless in its capacity to fascinate.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Mar 8, 2016
    83
    The show is at its best when national politics is at its worst.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Mar 2, 2016
    80
    Cheerfully cynical yet with a sincere appetite for the game, The Circus is both a document and an example of the superficiality of today’s elections. It may not be a three-dimensional picture, but it’s a vivid one.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 19, 2016
    70
    Halperin and Heilemann, authors of the best-sellers Game Change and Double Down, certainly know their stuff, even if they inject themselves a little too enthusiastically into the proceedings. And the grizzled McKinnon, a veteran of five presidential campaigns, lends a knowledgeable insider's perspective.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 19, 2016
    50
    While The Circus might be sporadically colorful, at a time when the inside-baseball of politics has become daily grist for the hungry media and its own spectator sport, with all due respect, it’s anything but a game-changer.
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  1. Oct 18, 2016
    10
    The Circus offers a unique inside view to the 2016 presidential campaign not found anywhere else. Wish this definitive documentary existed forThe Circus offers a unique inside view to the 2016 presidential campaign not found anywhere else. Wish this definitive documentary existed for past elections! Expand