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Circus of Books Reviews

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April 29, 2020
A riotous and surprisingly emotional documentary.
April 29, 2020
A worthy homage to the Los Angeles-area landmark of LGBTQ+ culture.
April 29, 2020
"Circus of Books" describes the ways that retail stores can forge community, rather than just being capitalist outposts, and suggests what we've lost now that we're trapped at home - involuntarily now, but so often voluntarily.
April 28, 2020
A fascinating look at an important slice of L.A.'s queer history.
April 27, 2020
[A] really heart-warming tale.
April 24, 2020
Karen and Barry are so lovable they feel like a work of fiction, with Barry's perpetual grin and Karen's playful awkwardness at her daughter documenting her everyday routines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 24, 2020
You come to see through [director Rachel Mason] telling the story how she came to see her parents as people.
April 24, 2020
This is a great little L.A. story. It's a great slice of life into a very specific community.
April 24, 2020
I think it's absolutely excellent... It's really a documentary about family.
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April 24, 2020
The sense of closure is satisfying, but it's missing a charge.
April 24, 2020
Both Circus of Books locations have since closed, but this documentary is a necessary, if incomplete, homage to their influence.
April 23, 2020
People can indeed live at war with themselves and not know it. Here's a case of great things happening once peace is declared.
April 23, 2020
Circus of Books is funny and full of heart, and an absolute gem.
April 23, 2020
These members of the community reflect on a bygone era with wit and warmth, and the film supports their memories with golden-lit archival footage of the neighborhood in the 1980s.
April 23, 2020
It's a truly fascinating film, a slice of history and deeply personal.
April 23, 2020
Docu about owners of gay porn shop has sex, language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2020
It's a beautifully assembled film that digs under the surface. So it's both entertaining and important.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2020
If you're thirsting for something saucy, funny, and heart-warming, you'll love Circus of Books.
April 22, 2020
The film consistently subverts our expectations by revealing new layers about its subjects that deepen their humanity, causing us to challenge our own preconceptions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 22, 2020
Like a seasoned ringmaster, [director Mason] keeps this circus well in line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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