Magic Trip
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In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road," and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Helps us to dive headfirst into both the journey and period and decide for ourselves whether to take it or leave it."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
""Magic Trip" is neither as magic nor as trippy as the culture quake that it documents, but it's a valuable flashback and a pleasurable contact high."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Your uncle showing old film stripes of his Best Vacation Ever in his basement, only with more colors and better music."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"All the film can do is suggest to us what a "long, strange trip" it has been, thereby echoing the lyrics in the Grateful Dead song."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A hilarious, instructive and invaluable time capsule of that touching, idealistic and more than slightly ridiculous period."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Records a lot of silly misbehavior but only minor merriment."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This is the story of sunny, casual West Coast visionary utopians, told from the inside out."
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
"a unique historical artifact, to be sure, but one which reveals nothing exceptional about the personalities, the times or the themes explored."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Not exploring the Merry Pranksters wider cultural influence and historical significance is a great misstep."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"Gives us a vivid feel for the bedhopping, acid-dropping subculture, if a little less insight than you'd hope..."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's the movie "Yellow Submarine'' should have been but didn't know how to be."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"It isn't exactly boring. But it's hard being the designated driver at someone else's bacchanal."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The film is at it's best as a time capsule of a particular time, a brief golden age in America, and a particular event, Kesey's cross-country voyage of discovery."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"This fascinating film pieces together randomly shot and previously unseen footage and recordings made by the Pranksters, and blends it seamlessly with new material to create a kaleidoscopic snapshot of those heady days."
‑ Tony Peters, Radio Times
"The trip is supposed to be the legendary precursor to the Swinging Sixties but ends up seeming merely fun for a group of people who have never quite grown up."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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