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87
It is a shaggy dog road movie, and a drug-hazy one at that, but beneath the silliness and character-based gags, Crystal Fairy is, I feel, an unusually insightful look at self-imposed false identities and group dynamics.
83
For a moment, Crystal Fairy looks like it's going to be a real fish-in-a-barrel satire, its rifles aimed at two very easy targets. But once a coked-out Cera invites Hoffmann on his road trip, a voyage he hopes will culminate with the consumption of a psychotropic cactus, the film gains a ramshackle quality that's difficult to resist.
80
Village Voice
The film is often beautiful and appealingly light. Every clear-eyed insight into why pushy people insist on pushing is matched by loose ensemble humor and lyric reveries.
80
On their own, Crystal and Jamie might be two of the worst road-trip companions imaginable; when one gets going, it's easy to identify with the other's frustration. But together - fueled by drugs, forced to share a space, separated from what they take for granted - they reconsider how they value the people who are not ... them.
75
One of the most satisfying things about Crystal Fairy is that even though the lead character prefers to keep an ironic distance from things, the film itself is completely sincere. It's about being good to people even when they're kind of ridiculous.
75
Cera, still one of a kind and still making us love him for it (Arrested Development - yes!), never flinches. Jamie is impossible to like. And yet we do because Cera plays him without an ounce of bogus ingratiation. He's terrific.
75
The result is a movie that ambles and takes its time, never revealing where it's going.
75
A minor revelation.
75
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.
70
Even with shaggy, semi-improvised projects like Crystal Fairy, there's a need for some kind of conclusion, and Silva devises one that's simultaneously terribly contrived and by far the most powerful scene in the movie.
67
Crystal Fairy has little to say beyond Cera's capacity to transform into an amazingly uncomfortable screen presence, something we already knew.
63
There's so much baggage involved in the kind of dilettantish games Jamie and Crystal are playing that it's a shame that the film never fully engages with these enticing issues.
63
Chilean writer-director Sebastian Silva re-creates a youthful road trip with a head trip at the end in Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, more character sketch than psychedelic sojourn.
63
As Jamie, an American drug tourist desperately seeking a hallucinogenic cactus, Michael Cera pours kerosene on his wet blanket slacker persona.
60
Watching a bunch of people take a drug trip is seldom either entertaining or edifying, but Chilean director Sebastian Silva manages to make it at least tolerably amusing.
60
Crystal Fairy is an acid trip where the frequent bonhomie is doused by sobering introspection.
60
Working from autobiographical material, Sebastián Silva does wonders with these two dedicated performances - the ice king and the earth goddess, both of them neurotically detached from their sunny surroundings.
50
There's some amusement in watching Michael Cera play an unalloyed jerk, but in the main this trifling film shuffles by with a few low-key jokes and observations, building to an abrupt moment of seriousness.
12
Anything can happen when Michael Cera wanders around Chile without a script on a mission to get high on mescaline. Or, in the case of Crystal Fairy, nothing could happen, too.

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