Crystal Fairy Reviews

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Justin Stewart
Film Comment Magazine
January 14, 2014
The adequate, amber-toned digital look, corny scoring, historically accurate costuming, era-appropriate peopling, and slowly-connect-the-dots storytelling together give the film the competent, stolid feel of a well-made informational video in a museum.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2013
There's so much baggage involved in the kind of dilettantish games Jamie and Crystal are playing that it's a shame that the film never fully engages with these enticing issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Gallagher
The List
January 22, 2014
Silva fails to cook up anything more than unfulfilled potential in this half-baked movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 1, 2013
Pleasant enough but not terribly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robert Levin
amNewYork
July 15, 2013
Terrific acting, especially from Gaby Hoffman, but this is a slim movie that drifts toward its conclusion without much urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 25, 2013
Watching other people on a drug trip is never much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
November 27, 2013
The revelation here is Hoffmann- who here finds a new- and very naked- way to play a hippie character
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 11, 2013
We already knew that jerks aren't necessarily interesting. Nor is watching footage of other people doing drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Film Threat
April 24, 2013
The movie actually plays not unlike the all-night hallucinatory drug experience that its characters seek - there are some ups and downs but the crash comes long before the sun comes up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
July 26, 2013
A highly improvised, Chilean-set travelogue that unfolds in long, shaggy, straggling stretches seemingly meant to mimic and induce the frazzled vexation of its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 10, 2013
The plot, slender though it is, takes them to a beach where they plan to boil a stolen cactus and get high on its famed hallucinogenic properties. So why do we feel the strictures of Indiewood cuteness kick in before the drugs?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2013
Director Sebastián Silva seems to be whispering that we shouldn't be taken in by the movie's casual, spontaneous feel, that deep matters are afoot. I'm not sold.
Fred Topel
Suite101.com
January 30, 2013
Stoner arthouse, if you will.
Full Review | Original Score: 5 out of 10
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
July 12, 2013
Very sloppy drama about a young American drug tourist in Chile determined to find a mescaline-rich cactus in the country's remote north offers nothing beyond beach and desert scenery and plenty of totally gratuitous Gaby Hoffmann nudity.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2013
Cera takes a road trip... and a mescaline trip
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
January 19, 2014
It pootles around in vaguely trippy fashion, relying on loose improvisation as the characters variously get on each other's nerves (and ours) before reaching a collective one-ness with the universe. Or something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
It's a messy film, but it hits more than it misses, sometimes landing on something emotionally resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Mankoff
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
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.
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ryan Kearney
The New Republic
August 1, 2013
Jamie and Crystal Fairy, though slightly exaggerated for comic effect, are still truer representations of gringo backpackers than I've ever seen on film.
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