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Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18

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  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.
  2. 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 Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2013
    This is a comedy-drama masterpiece. This is with Pacific Rim the best movie of 2013 so far.Michael Cera is so great in this one and everyone else too.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Expand

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: Peter Keough
    Aug 3, 2013
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 26, 2013
    It’s the kind of movie that takes you by surprise. By the time it’s done, the honesty of the performances and the depth of character that’s revealed is exhilarating.