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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  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. Nov 13, 2014
    "Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus" 10 Scale Rating: 1.5 (Terrible) ...

    The Good: Nothing, really. Well, OK ... Michael Cera stepping
    out of his comfort zone was good to see.

    The Bad: Pretty much everything. Typically a group of people wandering through the desert in a drug induced stupor is an entertaining premise ... if it's funny. Too stupid for words and chock full of rambling dialogue that feels like it was made up on the fly, "Crystal Fairy" fails at every level in trying to become a cult classic. "Fear and Loathing" it's not.
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  3. 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 »