Bittersweet Motel


Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. It's like Woodstock without the mud, and it leaves you feeling clean.
  2. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    A crafty, sometimes craven, but hardly worshipful snapshot of an unlikely candidate for biggest rock act on earth.
  3. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Michael Evans
    Makes a fine primer on one of today's most intriguingly creative and surreptitiously popular acts.
  4. 67
    Manages to capture the essence of one of the world's most surprising success stories.
  5. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Dan Aquilante
    Fans will love this quick flick by director Todd Phillips, but it better serves as an introduction for the uninitiated.
  6. You don't have to be a Phishead to enjoy Bittersweet Motel.
  7. Clearly Phish's appeal is fundamentally experiential, and the experience doesn't lend itself to being captured on film.
  8. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    It falls short of its tie-dye target.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Well-made if not particularly insightful docu should be catnip to Phishheads, while the previously unconverted are likely to stay that way.
  10. There are just enough revelatory moments to recommend the movie.
  11. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Greg Kot
    A documentary that will likely leave Phish diehards hankering for more, and everybody else still wondering what all the fuss is about.
  12. A film without a framework, without a skeleton--a Phish philet, if you will.
  13. 40
    None of these guys has much interesting to say.
  14. Never really gets across the essence of who the band members are and why they inspire such fidelity.
  15. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Little more than an electronic press kit for the band, produced for the benefit of its fans.

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