Jamie and Crystal Fairy, though slightly exaggerated for comic effect, are still truer representations of gringo backpackers than I've ever seen on film.
[Cera] has transformed himself from one of the most irritating actors of his generation to one of the best.
| Original Score: 3/4
Consistently funny and fascinating.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
Part drug comedy, part psychological drama, the movie is slight, but only superficially so.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The clash of cultures is harrowing and sometimes hilarious.
"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.
The movie is a little Mobius strip of laughter and pain.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
A film that's funny, touching and startlingly unique.
| Original Score: A
Based on a true story, using improvised dialogue and a handheld camera, "Crystal Fairy" feels authentic.
A perplexing movie that does certain things so well you can mostly forgive it for the things it doesn't. Mostly.
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.
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.
We already knew that jerks aren't necessarily interesting. Nor is watching footage of other people doing drugs.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
[This] trippy comic odyssey may not be for everyone. But Crystal Fairy gives off fumes that deliver a indisputable high.
[A] small, lovely road movie ...
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
The film gains a ramshackle quality that's difficult to resist.
| Original Score: B+
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?
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Every clear-eyed insight into why pushy people insist on pushing is matched by loose ensemble humor and lyric reveries ...
an unusually insightful look at self-imposed false identities and group dynamics
| Original Score: A-