Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 89
    Provides that rarest of documentary accomplishments: a glimpse into the artists' sunny, dark hearts.
  2. 88
    It could turn someone who never heard of the Flaming Lips into a devoted fan.
  3. 88
    An uncommonly intimate portrait, in large part because the filmmaker, Bradley Beesley, is a longtime neighbor, friend, and collaborator.
  4. 80
    In the wonderful new rockumentary The Fearless Freaks, Flaming Lips fans describe the band's live performances in almost spiritual terms, and for once, their fervor seems wholly justified.
  5. 80
    An all-access fan's valentine as artfully scrappy and likably wide-eyed as its subjects.
  6. Mr. Beesley, an Oklahoma City native who has been following and filming the Flaming Lips for 15 years, is far too close to his subject to offer a critical perspective, but he achieves a level of intimacy with the band members that most rock documentary directors can only dream of.
  7. Ripe with offbeat Americana, Beesley's rockumentary is also a portrait of growing up in a white-trash Okie ghetto.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Beesley's film is perfectly in sync with the Lips' unique vision.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    Will please devotees without attracting many, if any, new converts.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. rza
    Mar 27, 2006
    9
    A real treat to 'grow up' with the Flaming Lips. The evolutionary process was never as clearly presented as it is here. Up, downs and in betweens, this dvd is a great watch. Full Review »
  2. RobB.
    Feb 22, 2006
    10
    It is honestly a rare thing that you walk away from a music documentary about a band you love with a higher opionion of the people involved than you had before it. Its sad, its funny but most of all the key players are genuinely appealing, fascinating and charming. I made the mistake of seeing this for the first time on the same night I saw Metallica's Some Kind Of Monster. Both great films but there are no prizes for guessing who come accross as the better people. See it, you'll love it! Full Review »