After reading quite a lot of poor reviews, I feel compelled to write a little something of my own, as I can see how divisive people's experiences are watching this movie. It seems to me people who don't like it, do not understand the premise. They want to see and expect to see a story with normal people, behaving normal, saying normal stuff living in a normal world. However, this is NOT the case with The Circle, which is quite deliberate. The whole premise is to push the story and characters over the edge in order to hammer the points home. It's deliberately exaggerated to the point of being a caricature. The (valid) point(s) are very important and THEY are indeed the lead character(s), mainly "the lack of privacy" -consequences. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the performances of Emma Watson and Tom Hanks - not if you understand and accept the premise. This is NOT The Social Network, but more "simple" and cartoonish in order to convey the closed community within the work place and the alluring, yet extremely rigid concept of The Circle.