• 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

Ryan Kearney
The New Republic
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Jamie and Crystal Fairy, though slightly exaggerated for comic effect, are still truer representations of gringo backpackers than I've ever seen on film.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 1, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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[Cera] has transformed himself from one of the most irritating actors of his generation to one of the best.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2013
Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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Consistently funny and fascinating.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2013
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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While the pleasures of Silva's trippy road-trip movie are mostly minor, it still does something major by eliciting Cera's boldest performance to date.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Shot on the fly, while Silva, Cera & Co. were waiting to make another movie, Crystal Fairy ends up on a beach, and ends up resonating with a pesky charm.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Part drug comedy, part psychological drama, the movie is slight, but only superficially so.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 25, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The clash of cultures is harrowing and sometimes hilarious.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2013
John Anderson
Newsday
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"Crystal Fairy" isn't going to be the mind-expanding movie buzz that blows your mind, but in its laconic, trippy way it gets under the skin.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The movie is a little Mobius strip of laughter and pain.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Writer and director Sebastian Silva based his film on his own experiences but allows his actors so much space and time that you feel as if you could be watching home movies.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 25, 2013
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

July 22, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Silva based the story on a personal experience from his early 20s, which he realizes with vivid detail and wry, humane observation; the humor is sweet and lingers in the memory.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 19, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A film that's funny, touching and startlingly unique.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

July 18, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Based on a true story, using improvised dialogue and a handheld camera, "Crystal Fairy" feels authentic.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2013
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A perplexing movie that does certain things so well you can mostly forgive it for the things it doesn't. Mostly.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 12, 2013
Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
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The ending sneaks up on you with a surprising bit of emotional catharsis, thanks largely to a brave, complex performance from former child star Gaby Hoffmann.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3/4

July 12, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Scenic, short and slight, the film manages to avoid the tendency to make these sort of big-screen excursions more tedious than actual road trips.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 11, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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We already knew that jerks aren't necessarily interesting. Nor is watching footage of other people doing drugs.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

July 11, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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[This] trippy comic odyssey may not be for everyone. But Crystal Fairy gives off fumes that deliver a indisputable high.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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[A] small, lovely road movie ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 11, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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On paper, this all sounds like a nightmare for any sober viewer. But Silva keeps things on the right path, deftly digging into overlooked corners of the American psyche.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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The film gains a ramshackle quality that's difficult to resist.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

July 11, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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This is a road-trip comedy and a drug-trip comedy, but one that refuses easy clichés and whose ultimate intentions are a lot more sober and mysterious than that sounds.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 10, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Every clear-eyed insight into why pushy people insist on pushing is matched by loose ensemble humor and lyric reveries ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 10, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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an unusually insightful look at self-imposed false identities and group dynamics

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A-

January 30, 2013
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