Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jul 26, 2013
    Part drug comedy, part psychological drama, the movie is slight, but only superficially so. As the closing credits role, we’re left not with a sense of a day at the beach, but of what might be swimming out there, in the dark of the abyss.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 9, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 25, 2013
    With barely a hint of trippy visuals, it captures the highs and lows of one mind-expanding surfside day.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jul 10, 2013
    For a moment, Crystal Fairy looks like it’s going to be a real fish-in-a-barrel satire, its rifles aimed at two very easy targets. But once a coked-out Cera invites Hoffmann on his road trip, a voyage he hopes will culminate with the consumption of a psychotropic cactus, the film gains a ramshackle quality that’s difficult to resist.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    The movie is slight to a fault, but it's a kick to see Michael Cera finally cut loose a bit. It is to the film's credit that although almost nothing happens, the actors are never less than engaging. Full Review »
  2. Aug 15, 2014
    Michael Cera executed the role poorly , as always. There is close to no character development and the film will just be forgotten like all other drug comedies. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2013
    Michael Cera's movie characters are typically awkard nebbish types, so he must have been thrilled to play this obnoxious, pushy boor. He teams up with 3 brothers in Chile for a road trip (literally) to ingest mescaline. Along they way they encounter a free spirit named Crystal Fairy (Gabby Hoffmann) and her name sums up her hippie/new age personality. The conflict between these 2 lead characters is pretty much all there is for plot. It's shot in a sloppy, handheld style with aimless direction. Basically, it's a showcase for Cera to act an Full Review »