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Summercamp! (2007)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 2

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Documentary filmmakers Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price take viewers back to the sun-soaked days of summer as they follow campers ages 6 through 15 to a place where lifelong friendships are forged, and the struggle against homesickness yields a better understanding of the true value of independence. With music by the Flaming Lips and Noisola, Summercamp! is a warm tribute to an long-running institution that holds a special place in the hearts of countless Americans. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Jul 1, 2008

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Summercamp! maintains a gentle, lackadaisical tone that eloquently captures the triumphs and traumas of this ageless ritual.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Brief bits of real charm, personality and camp-life detail squeeze through, suggesting why some thrive in an oasis of animal worship, outdoor revelry and zero-to-hero popularity that forgives a nerdy rep back home.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Unlike the intense cadets for Christ and creationism in the recent documentary Jesus Camp, the kids in the sweet Summercamp! have fun!

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It observes the specific until the specific turns universal, and the universal until you find yourself moved beyond words.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A film only a mother could love.

July 27, 2007
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A sweeter, more unassuming movie isn't likely to come our way anytime soon.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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For those who enjoyed the camping experience as a youth, the movie, with its marshmallow roasts, canoe rides and talent shows, offers a bit of nostalgia. Others may find the whole thing a little pointless.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Summercamp is so haphazard it might as well be someone's digitally enhanced home movie.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Sweet and alive with homesickness and high-fives, sing-a-longs and armpit farts.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

For all the conventional, nostalgic images in Summercamp!, there are more you may not have seen before.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

I guess as a film concept it's more engaging than MVD Visit! or Grocery Shopping! but not by much.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Poignant and perceptive.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film is great fun, and the perfectly summer-sun baked soundtrack comes largely courtesy of Beesley's good pals, the Flaming Lips.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

At times it feels like a feature-length Flaming Lips video, which is not at all a bad thing, except I kept wondering if Wayne Coyne would pop out from behind a tree and start somersaulting or building sandcastles.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Summercamp! is a peek at what summer camp is really like for these kids, but it's honesty and its heart are ultimately what take it beyond mere documentation and into intimate and well-done documentary storytelling.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Audience Reviews for Summercamp!

An ok doc but pretty boring. We follow around a bunch of kids but there isn't enough screen time to really get to know these people. I would have rather seen this tackle the summer camp from the view of the counselors. It plays more like a commercial for the camp at times. It's ok to miss this one.
May 13, 2009

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