• Released
  • August 5, 2011
  • R , 1 hr 30 min
  • Art House/Foreign
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's the lysergic soap opera going on among Kesey, Neal Cassady, and various pals, scribes, spouses, and hangers-on piled onto the rainbow-hued school bus that's at the heart of this rollicking road pic.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
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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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
It's the movie "Yellow Submarine'' should have been but didn't know how to be.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's like seeing the birth of the '60s, with great moments (including Neal Cassady doing speed-freak monologues).
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The period footage shows all the principals, including Neal Cassady, who was only 38 but looked 52. Ken Kesey emerges as the film's hero - he is presented as a great American adventurer, the psychological equivalent of Lewis and Clark. Maybe that's not as ridiculous as it sounds.
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By Michelle Orange
I'd say you had to be there, but over the course of Magic Trip we learn that the majority of the people who were there didn't want to be there.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It's basically left to the viewer to figure out the historical significance of this drug-fueled odyssey.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The filmmakers' fidelity to their source material is admirable, but more historical context could have made this Trip as illuminating as it is magical.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The title's accurate; there are lots of minor but magical moments, like witnessing the accidental invention of tie-dye.
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By Mark Jenkins
For those already somewhat familiar with the subject, the directors' distillation of these 40 hours of film will expand their knowledge - if not their consciousness. But other viewers may spend the whole movie wondering exactly when the merry magic is going to kick in.
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59 out of 100
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