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Don Peyote is a 2014 American comedy film written and directed by Dan Fogler and Michael Canzoniero. It stars Fogler as a slacker who has a spiritual awakening and becomes obsessed with conspiracy theories.

Don Peyote
DVD cover
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
Music by Ben Lovett
Cinematography John Inwood
Edited by Dan Bush
  • Highland Film Group
  • Studio 13
  • Wingman Productions
  • Redwire Pictures
  • Casadelic Pictures
Distributed by XLrator
Release date
  • May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English



Warren (Dan Fogler) is an unemployed artist and pot head who has crazy dreams. That is the only remarkable thing about him until a day comes when a crazy homeless man confronts him on the street. From that day on, Warren descends into himself, insanity and a confusion of mind and body, spurred on by drugs, along with Doomsday and conspiracy theories.



Fogler recruited the large cast of cameos in part by allowing them to co-write their characters and improvise. The film was shot between 2010 and 2013.[1]


XLrator gave Don Peyote a limited release on May 16, 2014,[2] and released it on DVD on July 8, 2014.[3]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 8% of thirteen surveyed critics gave the film a positive rating; the average rating was 3.5/10.[4] Metacritic rated it 14/100 based on eight reviews.[5] Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "To call Don Peyote a mess would be putting too fine a point on it. The hallucinatory odyssey of a conspiracy-theory-obsessed New Yorker is a bad trip, destination nowhere."[6] Daniel M. Gold of The New York Times called it "a cautionary tale of drug-fueled decline" that may not have been realized by its creators.[7] Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times called it "a tedious, incoherent look at a paranoid stoner's emotional and spiritual unraveling".[8] Calum Marsh of The Village Voice wrote that the film becomes increasingly incomprehensible as time goes on.[9] Christopher Schobert of Indiewire rated it D and wrote, "Perhaps in the hands of a Charlie Kaufman or Michel Gondry, this story could move beyond the unexceptional, but in Fogler's hands, Don Peyote is a slow-moving dirge."[10] Vadim Rizov of The Dissolve rated it 0/5 stars and wrote, "In practice, Dan Fogler's sophomore directorial effort (co-directed/written by Michael Canzoniero) is merely execrable, segueing incoherently from one stand-alone fragment of a terrible movie to another."[11] Matt Donato of We Got This Covered rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote, "Don Peyote is a delusional, hallucinogenic journey into the mind of an apocalypse obsessed lunatic – a jumbled puzzle of ideas missing a few crucial connections."[12]


  1. ^ Biese, Alex (2014-05-23). "Dan Fogler talks 'Don Peyote'". Courier News. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  2. ^ "Don Peyote". Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  3. ^ Mack, Andrew (2014-07-03). "Giveaway: Win A DON PEYOTE DVD And Poster Signed By Dan Folger". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  4. ^ "Don Peyote (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  5. ^ "Don Peyote". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  6. ^ Linden, Sheri (2015-05-16). "'Don Peyote': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  7. ^ Gold, Daniel M. (2014-05-15). "Tilting at Genres". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  8. ^ Goldstein, Gary (2014-05-15). "Review In the unappealing 'Don Peyote,' end times can't come too soon". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  9. ^ Marsh, Calum (2014-05-14). "Don Peyote Should Remember Nobody Likes to Listen to Someone Ramble While High". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  10. ^ Schobert, Christopher (2014-05-13). "Review: 'Don Peyote' Starring & Co-Directed By Dan Fogler Is A Bust". Indiewire. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  11. ^ Rizov, Vadim (2014-05-12). "Don Peyote". The Dissolve. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  12. ^ Donato, Matt (2014-05-05). "Don Peyote Review". We Got This Covered. Retrieved 2015-04-17.

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