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Jesus Camp (2006)



Critic Consensus: Evangelical indoctrination is given an unflinching, even-handed look in this utterly worthwhile documentary.

Movie Info

The youngest foot soldiers for the Lord are shown in their native environment in this documentary. Becky Fischer is a children's pastor who runs "Kids on Fire," a summer camp for evangelical Christian children in North Dakota. Fischer believes in the political and moral importance of a Christian presence in America, and uses her camp to reinforce the religious training most of her charges are already receiving at home (the majority of the campers are home-schooled by their parents). Using video games, animated videos, and group activities to help put her message across, Fischer encourages the kids to pray for George W. Bush and his Supreme Court appointees while urging them to help "take back America for Christ." For the most part, the children seem reasonably ordinary beyond the fact they pray with uncommon fervor and sometimes speak in tongues. Along with Fischer and her cohorts, Jesus Camp features interviews with Ted Haggard, an evangelist and advisor to George W. Bush, and Mike Papantonio, a Christian talk-show host who believes the right-wing slant of many Christian evangelists is taking the church into a dangerous direction. Jesus Camp was directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, who previously made the acclaimed The Boys of Baraka. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some discussions of mature subject matter)
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: , ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2007
Box Office: $0.8M
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Critic Reviews for Jesus Camp

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (30)

A brave, thoughtful documentary.

Full Review… | November 22, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Jesus Camp doesn't just preach to the converted, it bores and frightens them.

Full Review… | February 6, 2012
Cinema Writer

Eye-opening look at the Evangelicals among us.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

A disturbing, unflinching portrait of religion and its effects on children when in the hands of psychotic strangers and bad parents.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Why bother with horror films when you can see this?

Full Review… | November 23, 2007
This is London

Some lively material - but nothing new.

Full Review… | November 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Jesus Camp

Having gone through 20+ years of Evangelical indoctrination, I found this film scarily accurate and disturbing. Much of that disturbing aura derived from the film's presentation, in how its subject matter is presented nearly commentary-free and how what commentary it presents is mostly rather subtle. That said, it's not an easy watch.

Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

I knew this movie was going to make me angry before I even watched it.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

Christ wept when he came to know that I'd been subject to this piece of shit. It's devastating to know that this sheer nonsense was nominated for Oscars. The fact that it was so much successful is more disturbing than watching this rubbish documentary. Amen.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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