"The Circle" unfortunately falls victim to the very thing it's main character claims to fear the most...unfulfilled potential.
It's unfocused, the characters have almost no motivation, the message gets lost (along with many of its plot lines), and it is overall a confusing mess that you can't help but feel is missing many crucial scenes that were removed in editing.
In spite of all this, there's an incredible cast, a very intriguing premise and theme, some promising characters and ideas, and even a solid 30 minute chunk that is actually very nice...but none of it comes to a proper fruition.
Not nearly as bad as the critics are saying, but certainly a massive disappointment.
Skip it until it comes out on Blu-Ray if you're curious about it yourself.