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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Cera, still one of a kind and still making us love him for it (Arrested Development – yes!), never flinches. Jamie is impossible to like. And yet we do because Cera plays him without an ounce of bogus ingratiation. He's terrific. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    There's some amusement in watching Michael Cera play an unalloyed jerk, but in the main this trifling film shuffles by with a few low-key jokes and observations, building to an abrupt moment of seriousness. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Watching a bunch of people take a drug trip is seldom either entertaining or edifying, but Chilean director Sebastian Silva manages to make it at least tolerably amusing. show more

  • 80

    On their own, Crystal and Jamie might be two of the worst road-trip companions imaginable; when one gets going, it's easy to identify with the other's frustration. But together — fueled by drugs, forced to share a space, separated from what they take for granted — they reconsider how they value the people who are not ... them. show more

  • 87
    Jordan Hoffman

    It is a shaggy dog road movie, and a drug-hazy one at that, but beneath the silliness and character-based gags, Crystal Fairy is, I feel, an unusually insightful look at self-imposed false identities and group dynamics. show more

  • 75
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Silva doesn’t resort to any fancy tricks to depict his characters’ inner experiences. But something happens nonetheless, a bonding of sorts that is almost, if not quite, convincing. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    A minor revelation. show more

  • 75

    The result is a movie that ambles and takes its time, never revealing where it's going. show more

  • 63
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Chilean writer-director Sebastian Silva re-creates a youthful road trip with a head trip at the end in Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, more character sketch than psychedelic sojourn. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    As Jamie, an American drug tourist desperately seeking a hallucinogenic cactus, Michael Cera pours kerosene on his wet blanket slacker persona. show more

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