Despite its power and obvious merits, FULL CIRCLE got very little critical attention when it was finally released in the United States in 1981 under the title THE HAUNTING OF JULIA.
One critic who did recognize it as a major work was Shelia Benson from the Los Angeles Times. Below are a few choice quotes from Benson's orginal July '81 review of the film:
"THE HAUNTING OF JULIA is the possibly the best use ever made of Mia Farrow's translucent, sel-absorbed delicacy, that waiflike exterior that sheathes, one suspects, steel-clad determination...it is a film of such elegance, authority and perfection of style that it's a surprise to learn that it was only British director Richard Loncraine's second dramatic feature...Farrow dominates the film...she amplifies these personal overtones in a beuatifully realized performance...the screenplay cleares up and simplifies Straub's rather underbrushy original novel...This is the 'other world' as it should be, and so rarely is...You have to be in tune with Loncraine's intent, his deliberatly unrushed pace and dark and dangerous corners. He has fashioned a work of enormous style, with character and intelligence...the film is breathtakingly beautiful..."
Benson wasn't the only one who admired the film. Here are two other short sections of original reactions...
"The film brings on the effects of the unseen with extreme power...Farrow's extraordinary...a genuinelly creepy experience..."
-Archer Winsten, New York Post-
"In a period where suspence films have become increasingly trashy and exploitative, it is nice to see one as classy as this..."
-Howard Kissel, Women's Wear Daily