200 Motels
200 Motels (1971)

This comic rockumentary-style musical imparts the experiences of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention during a prolonged (and largely imaginary) road tour. This roisterous fable is brought to the screen in a number of colorful and… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 10, 1971
DVD Release Date: July 12, 1994
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

200 Motels has no particular focal point, being principally an anthology of poor jokes and spectacular audio-visual effects, a few of which might expand the mind, but all of which, taken together, are like an overdose of Novocain.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Zappa's most ambitious compositions (performed by the London Philharmonic) share screen time with nostalgic freak humor.

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Variety Staff

The incidents are often outrageously irreverent. The comedy is fast and furious, both sophisticated and sophomoric.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It assaults the mind with everything on hand.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A real dinosaur.

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TV Guide

The film is a marvelous whirl of color and visual effects, with some fine animation and Zappa's delicious wit present throughout the entire production.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Ringo Starr IS Larry the Dwarf AS Frank Zappa in this druggy pastiche of skits, solarized footage, crude animations, and an operetta about a penis. Most people… More