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
    Beesley's film is perfectly in sync with the Lips' unique vision.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Will please devotees without attracting many, if any, new converts.

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