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. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 »