Fyre (film)

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Fyre poster.jpg
Directed byChris Smith
Produced by
  • Gabrielle Bluestone
  • Danny Gabai
  • Brett Kincaid
  • James Ohliger
  • Max Pollack
  • Matthew Rowean
  • Elliot Tebele
Written byChris Smith
  • Jake Burghart
  • Cory Fraiman-Lott
  • Henry Zaballos
Edited by
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • January 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is a documentary film about Billy McFarland and the failed Fyre Festival of 2017, directed by Chris Smith. It was released on Netflix on January 18, 2019.[1]

The film was co-produced by Jerry Media, the social media agency responsible for promotion and covering up the Fyre Festival fraud;[2][3][4] company's staff approached Vice with the idea of documentary three months after the events.[5]


The film was met with general positive reviews from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has been certified fresh and it holds a 92% approval rating with an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 based on 62 reviews. It holds 100% approval rating from 16 top critics. The website's critical consensus reads "Fyre smolders with agonizing tension when a party in paradise goes awry, but this slickly assembled documentary reserves its greatest horror for damning observations about the dangers of wealth."[6] Metacritic, which uses a normalized average, assigned the series a score of 76 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

In reviewing Fyre and Fyre Fraud, a similar documentary that premiered on Hulu, The A.V. Club stated that "if you have to choose only one to watch, Fyre is the better film—though given the additional layers of intrigue surrounding these films, there's an argument to be made they work better as messy halves of a PR-damaged whole."[8]

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  1. ^ "Get ready to binge: Here's what you can expect from Netflix in 2019". The Sacramento Bee. ISSN 0890-5738. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  2. ^ "How to Prevent Another Fyre Festival". Bloomberg. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ "8 Takeaways From Hulu's Surprise-Released Fyre Festival Doc". www.vulture.com. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ Shamsian, Jacob. "The social media company behind Fyre Festival lost more than 200,000 Instagram followers after being accused of plagiarizing its posts". INSIDER. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. ^ Martin, Brittany (22 January 2019). "Both Fyre Fest Documentaries Have Issues (But, Yeah, We're Obsessed Anyway)". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Fyre". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Fyre". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  8. ^ McLevy, Alex. "Who has the better Fyre Festival documentary, Netflix or Hulu?". TV Club. Retrieved 2019-01-28.

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