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Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. It's like Woodstock without the mud, and it leaves you feeling clean.
  2. A crafty, sometimes craven, but hardly worshipful snapshot of an unlikely candidate for biggest rock act on earth.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Evans
    75
    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. Reviewed by: Dan Aquilante
    63
    Fans will love this quick flick by director Todd Phillips, but it better serves as an introduction for the uninitiated.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    60
    You don't have to be a Phishead to enjoy Bittersweet Motel.
  7. Reviewed by: Greg Kot
    50
    A documentary that will likely leave Phish diehards hankering for more, and everybody else still wondering what all the fuss is about.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    50
    It falls short of its tie-dye target.
  9. Reviewed by: James Sullivan
    50
    There are just enough revelatory moments to recommend the movie.
  10. 50
    Clearly Phish's appeal is fundamentally experiential, and the experience doesn't lend itself to being captured on film.
  11. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Well-made if not particularly insightful docu should be catnip to Phishheads, while the previously unconverted are likely to stay that way.
  12. Never really gets across the essence of who the band members are and why they inspire such fidelity.
  13. Reviewed by: Steve Hochman
    40
    A film without a framework, without a skeleton--a Phish philet, if you will.
  14. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    40
    None of these guys has much interesting to say.
  15. 38
    Little more than an electronic press kit for the band, produced for the benefit of its fans.

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