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Camp (2003)

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66

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 10

Campy comedy that squeaks by on its charms.

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69

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Movie Info

Tony-nominated actor Todd Graff makes his directorial debut with the musical comedy Camp, featuring an ensemble cast of newcomers. Guitarist Vlad (Daniel Letterle) attends Camp Ovation, the summer theater camp for budding actors, dancers, and musicians. Finding himself to be one of the only hetero boys around, he soon befriends nice girl Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat). Meanwhile, openly gay Michael (Robin de Jesus) develops a crush on him. This sparks dramatic confrontations among fellow campers Jenna

PG-13,

Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Todd Graff

Feb 24, 2004

$1.6M

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A soap-opera patchwork of worn backstage cliches.

August 22, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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A poor man's Fame. If you can live with that, it makes for a somewhat entertaining experience.

August 22, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Fame may seem silly in retrospect, but Camp, with its dippy dialogue and characters revealing even less complexity than the ones from 42nd Street, arrives silly.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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You'll have trouble keeping your toes from tapping.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The kids have energy to burn, and you can't help but marvel at the polish they bring to a variety of numbers from a variety of musicals.

August 15, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Its earnest acting and brimming-over love for musicals are infectious, and most of its shopworn narrative devices play as tribute rather than trite.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Todd Graff, better known as writer, makes a decent (but no more)directing debut with this mildly amusing but unoriginal indie about a bunch of gays and heteros putting on a show.

March 26, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Funny movie about theater camp for teens.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One doesn't have to be a theater queen to appreciate Camp's humor, but it wouldn't hurt.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

So chock-full of insider theater references that the film reads like a trivia contest held in the Acapulco Room on a cruise sponsored by Broadway.com

March 22, 2004
Fresno Bee

Lying somewhere between Fame and Meatballs, Camp unfortunately possesses neither the energy of the former nor the hilarity of the latter.

February 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The highlights of the film are when the ostensible plotlines are dropped, and the truly talented kids get a chance to perform.

January 18, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Unfortunately, the showcase is rather truncated insofar as there is not much true talent on display.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Look past the ill-conceived story and this camp-y summer fling will have you theatre queens rolling in your seats and dancing in the aisles.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Though the direction is amateurish in spots, the film boasts a winning cast of characters, energetic musical numbers ... and a genuine compassion for kids who prefer Damn Yankees to a Yankees game.

September 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

What makes Camp such a delight are the kids, any one of whom could kick your favorite American Idol star's butt.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

I had happily gone my entire life without hearing 'Turkey Lurkey Time'till this and would give much to return to that state of blissful ignorance, but I found a lot of the movie entertaining.

September 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a musical, it's a comedy, it's a drama, and it's a whole lotta fun!

September 1, 2003 Full Review Source: CineScene.com
CineScene.com

Gives glib critics something to horselaugh about.

September 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The mostly solid musical numbers and the right attitude about social awareness issues make this lighthearted comedy bearable.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Graff makes sure it's well-paced and is played with a light touch.

August 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Camp that's a bit off-key.

August 28, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

It's a musical, it's a comedy, it's a drama, and it's a whole lotta fun!

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Something a good deal more remarkable than it otherwise might have been without the music...Well-intentioned, full of amiable energy, and exceedingly entertaining with each passing minute.

August 23, 2003 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

The plotting and performances are so rarely on the same page that the moments of motivational lucidity seem to have been arrived at almost by accident.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Camp

Cast: Don Dixon, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Steven Cutts, Vince Rimoldi, Kahiry Bess, Chris Spain, Sasha Allen, Alana Allen, Egle Petraityte, Dequina Moore, Stephen DiMenna, Tiffany Taylor, Stephen Sondheim

Director: Todd Graff

Summary: Camp Ovation is a performing arts summer camp where talented kids come to spread their wings. Among them are Vlad (Daniel Letterle), a "bona fide straight boy"; Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat), a megastar with huge insecurities; and Michael (Robin de Jesus), who's struggling with his sexual identity. Their director, Bert Hanlon (Don Dixon), is a washed-up has-been -- but the kids have at least as much to teach him as he has to teach them.

My Thoughts: "I was a bit surprised on how bad some of the acting was considering what the film is about. Although it got a bit boring and definitely had quite a few cheesy moments, I did find some of the movie funny. Anna Kendrick doesn't have much screen time, but you can tell that she out shined them all in the acting and it's no surprise she's doing so well now. Although the film isn't great it does tread on some serious issues for teens and their relationships with their parents. I felt awful for Michael and the one who had her mouth wired shut (forgot her name). I won't deny that there is talent in the movie, it's just the star doesn't shine as bright for some then it does for the others. The film in the end is forgetful."
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It lives up to its name. What more is there to say? Well, other than that, yes, all the singers sing rather well and Anna Kendrick clearly shows talent here that we get to see more of in her later films.
January 12, 2011
djdemersseman

Super Reviewer

This looked great on the previews. I was surprised I didn't actually enjoy it all that much. Acting okay, but not that interesting.
April 18, 2009
romy861

Super Reviewer

    1. Bert Hanley: They're a bunch of little freaks. And the more normal we try to make them, the more lonely and isolated they're going to feel.
    – Submitted by Frances H (15 months ago)
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