YMMV / Cirque du Soleil

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: If you actually try to focus on the plots of the shows that seem to have one, then almost every performance is one big-lipped alligator moment after another.
    • The comedy scenes in Volta are majorly so. They are of a very different tone, taste, and intended audience than the acrobatic scenes relevant to the main plot. And they add absolutely nothing to the plot.
  • Broken Base: The fandom fractures around a number of issues:
    • Are any shows launched post-1998 — after director Franco Dragone left the company in the wake of an incredible run of shows that began with 1987's Le Cirque Réinventé and ended with the twin triumphs of "O" and La Nouba — worthwhile?
    • The company's attempts to reach beyond circus entertainment are usually controversial, not helped by Criss Angel BeLIEve (magic/illusion) and Banana Shpeel (a Genre Throwback to Vaudeville) getting the company the worst reviews in its history and triggering a Dork Age.
    • In a related issue, productions that cross over Cirque's style with another artist's work will get the company accused of selling out: the Jukebox Musical variants (though The Beatles LOVE usually gets a pass), Criss Angel BeLIEve, Toruk — The First Flight (James Cameron's Avatar), the live television production of The Wiz...
  • Dork Age: The explosion of new shows at the Turn of the Millennium culminated in this over 2008-11. Of the ten shows that opened during this period, five were shut down for good by 2013 — an embarrassing statistic after years of shows easily becoming Long-Runners. Criss Angel BeLIEve, which duked it out with Banana Shpeel for the dishonor of the worst-reviewed show of the lot, only survived because Criss Angel had a 10-year contract with the hotel. Of the remaining four shows, OVO is one of the least popular in the fanbase, Zarkana had to forsake international touring to serve as a hasty substitute for Viva Elvis in Vegas, and Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour was much less profitable than hoped thanks to high music royalty rates charged by Jackson's estate. TOTEM and subsequent new Cirque tours have been extremely well received, as was Michael Jackson ONE, but many fans still think the company focuses too much on quantity and, now, financial frugality over quality and even the health and safety of the performers (the onstage death of Sarah Guyard-Guillot, who fell to her doom during a performance of KA in 2013, didn't improve this perception).
  • Genre Turning Point: The company for circus in general, Mystere (in tandem with Siegfried and Roy's show at the Mirage) for Las Vegas entertainment.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: They are popular enough in Japan that the Kaleido Stage and NiGHTS into Dreams... are clearly inspired by it, and with ZED, it became one of the first countries outside of the U.S. to get a resident show (its closure was only because the earthquake/tsunami of 2011 caused a decline in tourism and thus audiences). This dates back to the 1992 Japan-only tour Fascination.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The main "Movie Studio" melody in IRIS sounds like it was borrowed from the soldier song from Bizet's opera Carmen. However, Bizet's music uses the melodic minor scale, and while Elfman's uses the same, it also uses the Dorian (or natural minor) scale at times.