Circus of Books

2019 - ENGLISH - MOVIE

Documentary Biography History Drama

Circus of Books is a documentary that explores the life of Karen and Barry Mason, who became the prominent distributors of gay pornography in the US while navigating their roles as parents and supporters of the LGBT community, ultimately establishing their store as a safe space during the AIDS crisis. Circus of Books is a 2019 American English-language Documentary Biography film featuring Karen Mason, Barry Mason, Rachel Mason, Josh Mason, Micah Mason, Alexei Romanoff and Ronald Reagan. Circus of Books is written by Rachel Mason and Kathryn Robson and it is directed by Rachel Mason. Netflix acquired the distribution rights for the motion picture. Circus of Books was released on 22nd April 2020 and takes a screen time of 92 minutes. and it received positive reviews from critics when it was released.
  • Jini Score
    8.4/10
  • Critics Score
    63%
  • Rating
    7.1/10
  • Jini Score
    8.4%
  • Critics Score
    63
  • Rating
    7.1
negative

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Release Date22 APR 2020
Language

English

Genre

Documentary , Biography , History , Drama

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Circus of Books Reviews and Ratings

Average Review Rating : positive

67.37%

Positive Review Rating : 63%

63%
    • Taryn Allen

      Circus of Books is a triumph of filmmaking in the way it covers such a range of topics so seamlessly: LGBTQ history, pornography, religion, obscenity law, media, AIDS, coming out, parenthood, and more. ( Read More )
    • Daryl MacDonald

      While Barry is quite possibly the most affable, good natured man youre likely to see in a documentary that doesnt feature Tom Hanks and possessing one of the most infectious smiles ever to grace a camera Karen is something of his opposite, and really the ringleader of the operation. ( Read More )
    • Kiko Vega

      Stars of the genre, customers and former employees of the store shape a story that ends up taking a much more personal direction. ( Read More )
    • Jason Adams

      Unfortunately Nicolaou himself isnt that interesting a dude hes lived through an interesting time and seen interesting things, sure, but hes really just a good business and family man, decent and hard working and, as far as on screen characters go, a little bland. ( Read More )
    • Ryan Syrek

      The narrative spine provided by the unusual family dynamic along with the nimble presentation and surprisingly powerful emotional insights make for the kind of uniquely engaging documentary you cant wait to recommend. ( Read More )
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