review for The Invisible Circus on AllMovie

The Invisible Circus (2001)
by Jason Clark review

A mostly tiresome travelogue posing as a movie, The Invisible Circus has all the elements of an engrossing tale of sibling bonding and societal unrest, but writer/director Adam Brooks gives everything a glossy, unconvincing presentation that more closely resembles a muddled TV film than anything. The actresses give the film some much-needed depth and emotion, particularly Cameron Diaz, who overcomes possible miscasting with an observant, sympathetic performance for such a sketchily detailed character. For a film centering around political activism and period woes, it never finds the heart of any its situations, botching the opportunity to give those predicaments a contemporary validity. Eventually, the film succumbs to its dopey, hippie-dippie assumptions about such events, and a romantic interlude between Jordana Brewster and Christopher Eccleston is silly and mostly trivial when considering the implications of it all. This picture served as a replacement for another 2000 Sundance Film Festival premiere, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, which couldn't be completed in time for the ceremony.