Magic Trip
Magic Trip (2011)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 5, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Magic Trip is overall unenlightening, though there's an inherent novelty and joy in seeing the unearthed footage of Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Helps us to dive headfirst into both the journey and period and decide for ourselves whether to take it or leave it.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

In case you haven't had your fill of wheezy boomer nostalgia, here we go again.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Records a lot of silly misbehavior but only minor merriment.

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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times

This is the story of sunny, casual West Coast visionary utopians, told from the inside out.

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Will Leitch

Your uncle showing old film stripes of his Best Vacation Ever in his basement, only with more colors and better music.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

It's the movie "Yellow Submarine'' should have been but didn't know how to be.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It isn't exactly boring. But it's hard being the designated driver at someone else's bacchanal.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a unique historical artifact, to be sure, but one which reveals nothing exceptional about the personalities, the times or the themes explored.

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