Fyre Fraud (2019)

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Critic Consensus: In the battle over Fyre Festival content, Fyre Fraud comes out swinging with a questionable interview of conman Billy McFarland and a thoughtful exploration of nefarious social strategy.

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The Fyre Festival was the defining scam of the millennial generation, at the nexus of social media influence, late-stage capitalism, and morality in the post-truth era. Marketing for the 2017 music event went viral with the help of rapper Ja Rule, instagram stars, and models, but turned epic fail after stranding thousands in the Bahamas. Featuring an exclusive interview with Billy McFarland, the convicted con-man behind the festival; FYRE FRAUD is a true-crime comedy bolstered by a cast of whistleblowers, victims, and insiders going beyond the spectacle to uncover the power of FOMO and an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and a lack of accountability in the digital age.

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

Fyre Fraud, which had been planned as a series, feels unfocused and rushed.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

If you love a story of absolute, no-holds-barred, extravagant disaster, you'll probably want to watch both. But if you just want a better idea of what the heck happened here, the truth is that either film will serve.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…
NPR
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Fyre Fraud is a little zippier and pop culture-y in its skewering...

Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A] helpful reminder that, like so many stories, one account can't contain the whole truth.

Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It does a [great] job pointing out the secret villain of this story all along: the subtle menace of social media marketing.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It has arguments to make about the insecurities of millennials and the perniciousness of social media. And the arguments don't feel like blather.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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