• Unrated, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sebastián Silva
    In Theaters:
    Jul 12, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 19, 2013
  • IFC Films

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Crystal Fairy Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

It's a messy film, but it hits more than it misses, sometimes landing on something emotionally resonant.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

April 8, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Deadpan funny as a comedy.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

February 1, 2014
Andy Lea
Daily Star

An engaging, rambling affair that is pleasant to watch and easy to forget. But it does the job of proving that there's a lot more to Michael Cera than previously met the eye.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2014
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com

Films don't get much more offbeat than this trippy comedy-drama about Americans in Chile.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 17, 2014
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

A trip worth taking.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2014
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Cera's chin may be weak, but his strength as an actor cannot be denied.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2014
Damon Wise
Radio Times

Not much happens, and its roots as an improvised project do show through, but the film does have the authentic ring of carefree wanderlust about it.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2014
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]

It is an odd film in many ways, but immensely likeable, and expertly improvised by a talented cast.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2014
Mike McCahill
Guardian

Stretches of improv with passers-by means the film can resemble one of those What the Director Did on His Holidays doodles, yet its breeziness is oddly warming: Silva's open to the elements in ways his blinkered protagonist only claims to be.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2014
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny

Silva's freewheeling direction is pleasantly at odds with the angst on screen.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

January 16, 2014
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Engaging, painfully awkward road trip drama enlivened by a pair of strong performances from Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann, which it's slightly weakened by an underwhelming finale.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

January 16, 2014
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

While never hugely memorable, it's funny and engaging in the moment.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2014
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The film's effect, probably like that of the San Pedro cactus, is pleasant, dreamy, hippy-evanescent and very años sesenta.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2014
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works

Crystal and Jamie... inscribe a part of their small lives in this eternal landscape, with [writer director Sebastián] Silva trusting his viewers to perform the excavation for themselves.

Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works

January 16, 2014
Kevin Harley
Total Film

The semi-improvised plot is thinner than Cera's man-boy face-fluff, but Silva's curio works best as a free-wheeling character piece, splicing oddball comedy with discreet depths.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

January 13, 2014
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus

A reminder of formative times in our young lives. You want to remain forever with these characters in this wonderful moment. But you know that the moment has passed.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus

January 10, 2014
Sarah Mankoff
Film Comment Magazine

The first act seems to promise 70 more minutes of rambling episodes, at the overbearing whim of a director toying with an insufferable protagonist. It's a bit of a shock, then, when Crystal Fairy turns out to be really good.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com

It's loopy and random, dispensing a weird coming-of-age tale that Silva keeps hidden until you've nearly given up hope there was ever any meaning to it all.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 9, 2013
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

"Crystal Fairy" is a funny and authentic look at two very distinct types of Americans abroad, who can't escape themselves no matter how far they go.

Full Review Source: Madison Movie | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2013
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Somehow or other, I ended up finding the movie strangely compelling. There's something appealing here.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

August 27, 2013
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