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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some discussions of mature subject matter)
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: , ,
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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


Jesus Camp isn't a groundbreaking documentary in the sense that it uncovers something that is completely unknown or that it openly challenges its subject. Everyone in the film seemed to be quite happy to contribute to the filming so this must have been a pretty easy day in the office for Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Mike Papantonio etc. Not that I'm taking anything away from them, their obvious restraint must have taken a lot of will power and it the most effective part of the film - but then you'd have to be one of the deluded not to see the delusion for yourself - this is the film's real strength. I also liked the fact that the opposing 'voice of reason' was from a Christian, one that goes to a real church and believes religion and politics are two very different things. I'm an atheist and against all religion - I don't have a soapbox to stand on and I have friends of all faiths, it's just something I don't agree with. We atheists don't 'high-five' each other each time one of these documentaries comes out. It's fair to say this film was never going to reveal to me anything I didn't already know, it's preaching to the converted - However, being raised a Catholic, I know a little bit about the Bible and I had often wondered how these middle-American (there are some in the UK too) Evangelical churches work, how they have twisted the Bible's words and to what extent the delusion goes. I was still shocked and appalled and I think it's a good thing that this film is out there. When you make a racist homophobic ex-Nazi look good you just know you've backed the wrong horse. Should I add this film to my greatest horrors list too I wonder?

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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

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