Magic Trip

Magic Trip

A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster's fabled road trip across America. 3.0 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Magic Trip

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Documentary
Director Alison Ellwood Alex Gibney
Cast Timothy Leary, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia Stanley Tucci
Studio Studio Canal
Release Date November 2011
Running Time 107 mins
 

A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster's fabled road trip across America.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Touching, even minor-key-tragic.

17/11/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

A hilarious, instructive and invaluable time capsule of that touching, idealistic and more than slightly ridiculous period.

20/11/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

At its best it’s also a funny, far-out and fascinating trip into the creation of the 1960s counterculture.

20/11/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

The major caveat is that you’ll need a pre-existing susceptibility to that whole scene’s dippy fascination – quite a bit to ask, these days – or you may just want to step off.

18/11/2011

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

The filmmakers make little attempt to argue any cultural or historical case for their subjects and there are too many folk on the bus to get close to anyone, even Kesey. But they make the wise decision to show no footage of anybody in later years ... which helps us to dive headfirst into both the journey and period and decide for ourselves whether to take it or leave it

14/11/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

As with most cinematic drug trips, is that there’s nothing more boring than watching someone else get high. The Merry Pranksters may feel they started the hippy movement, but to our eyes they seem embarrassingly uncool.

18/11/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A watchable little blast from the past.

17/11/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

The trouble with people high on hallucinogenic drugs is they think they are being incredibly interesting but rarely are. This is the trouble with Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney's otherwise rather jolly documentary.

18/11/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Mark Olsen

While the restored footage has a certain vitality ... it fails to provide any new perspective or deeper understanding of what those early-'60s hippie-prototype adventurers might have been looking for or what they failed to find.

12/08/2011

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The New York Times

Stephen Holden

The cinematic equivalent of a yellowed scrapbook whose pictures are accompanied by sketchy captions created after the fact.

04/08/2011

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