Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Spin
    70
    The sound is now clearer than on either predecessor; the rapping likewise. And here come Jane's Addiction and the Smashing Pumpkins--this is a slicker, grander record than Significant Other. [Jan 2001, p.112]
  2. It was only natural to suspect that Limp Bizkit would fall on their faces this time by getting serious. But Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water is looser and livelier and just plain better than anything they've ever tried before.
  3. Fred Durst may grab the headlines, but Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water really shows that all the power Limp Bizkit are known for comes from their bandmembers who, you know, actually play instruments. Durst's lyrics are wack when he raps and bad high school poetry when he sings.... Of course, there aren't many people looking for deep thoughts from Durst and Co. -- just lots of big, dumb, angry fun. And on that count, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water delivers.
  4. You'd expect better from a band so on top of their game.
  5. Well, if nothing else, the search for the year's dumbest album title is over. And in some respects, the search for the year's dumbest album, too. True, Limp Bizkit's third release is filled with thrashworthy hooks, hardcore beats, and plenty of blind rage, but frontman Fred Durst is so inarticulate about exactly what is pissing him off that it's tough to take him seriously.
  6. As tiresome as Durst can be, Limp Bizkit are very good at what they do; the band is exceptionally tight, evidenced by its ability to switch time signatures and moods within songs (kudos to guitarist Wes Borland). Still, their stance and sound already reek of formula, and the album's attempts at mold breaking may be the band's way of acknowledging this fact.
  7. If the band supported his sheets of noise, terrifying guitars, monstrous rhythms, or even a hook every now and then, Durst's narcissism may have been palatable, but the group pretty much churns out the same colorless heavy plod for each song.
  8. Durst offers his piggish take-it-or-leave-it stance on relationships ("It's my way or the highway," he gleefully whines on "My Way"), his fantasies of the hip-hop high life ("Livin' It Up"), and his delight with obscenity ("If I say fuck two more times that's 46 fucks in this fucked-up rhyme"). Limp Bizkit's music is just as predictable, complete with scratches, guitar squalls, and mosh-pit crescendos.
  9. 30
    There's little in the way of cohesion or artistic forethought here, and some of the tracks are just bad, though nothing is as surpassingly awful as lead single "Rollin'," its shout-outs overly reminiscent of "Bawitdaba."
  10. Checkout.com
    30
    They have a saying around recording studios: you can't polish a turd. Well, thanks to producer Terry Date, Starfish just might be one of the shiniest pieces of pooh in the world of waste.
  11. 20
    The very concept of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water might be brilliant if it was a work of absurdist art. But this album is just absurd.
  12. On the whole, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water feels like an interminable groan, a harried hustle toward obsolescence. Rather than creating a cathartic requiem for, say, the impending dotcom depression, this turgid non-effort doesn't even live up to the mookish reputation refuted with such salacious fervor on "Take a Look Around."
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 180
  1. Oct 25, 2018
    8
    Childhood album right here. I remember listening to this bad boy back in 2000 and man, that was a long time ago! The album still kicks assChildhood album right here. I remember listening to this bad boy back in 2000 and man, that was a long time ago! The album still kicks ass after all these years and it's nostalgic in a way. It's not as good as 3DB or TUT, but still great. The highlights of this album are certainly: Boiler, My Generation, Livin' It Up, Hot Dog, Take a Look Around and My Way. Also Ben Stiller in the outro still makes me laugh. Great record, Pickens approves! Full Review »
  2. dales.
    Sep 19, 2009
    9
    I think this is a great album. Mostly because it brings back good memories when it came out 9 years ago. Im surprised the album never got the I think this is a great album. Mostly because it brings back good memories when it came out 9 years ago. Im surprised the album never got the good reviews it deserved. There are some great songs on here. Full Review »
  3. Feb 20, 2019
    8
    Childhood album right here. I remember listening to this bad boy back in 2000 and man, that was a long time ago! The album still kicks assChildhood album right here. I remember listening to this bad boy back in 2000 and man, that was a long time ago! The album still kicks ass after all these years and it's nostalgic in a way. It's not as good as 3DB or TUT, but still great. The highlights of this album are certainly: Boiler, My Generation, Livin' It Up, Hot Dog, Take a Look Around and My Way. Also Ben Stiller in the outro still makes me laugh. Great record, Pickens approves! Full Review »