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Mexico, United States · 2011
1h 15m
Director Aron Schock
Genre Documentary

The Ponce Family operates Circo Mexico, a generations old business that has fallen on hard times. The Ponce Family struggles to continue their way of life and keep their circus afloat, even as the economy and the family itself disintegrate. Filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico with a score by indie rock band Calexico.

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Boxoffice Magazine by

The film engages sporadically but mostly fails to take advantage of its under-documented milieu.


Time Out by David Fear

Circo zeroes in on the interpersonal strife within this collapsing clan - an angle that only occasionally lifts the film above confessional exotica.


Village Voice by Ernest Hardy

Circo is filled with beautiful images and haunting moments, especially in the third act, when the family unravels as the film culminates in a final triumphant, haunting image.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

A marvel of a documentary, a clear-eyed and affectionate film that tells a remarkable story with both visual and personal sensitivity. More impressive still, it's largely the work of one man.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Though Circo is pretty bleak, Schock doesn't skimp on the exotic wonder of a life on the road, surrounded by color and danger.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Circo is more like "The Smallest Show on Earth" than "The Greatest Show on Earth," the 1952 Oscar winner, but it does provide a look at a unique family and a disappearing way of life.

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