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Camp Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 22, 2003
A soap-opera patchwork of worn backstage cliches.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
August 22, 2003
A poor man's Fame. If you can live with that, it makes for a somewhat entertaining experience.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 21, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 15, 2003
You'll have trouble keeping your toes from tapping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 15, 2003
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.
| Original Score: B
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
August 15, 2003
Its earnest acting and brimming-over love for musicals are infectious, and most of its shopworn narrative devices play as tribute rather than trite.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 15, 2003
Restraint and exuberance, joy and tenderness, and a cameo by the patron saint of musical theater, Stephen Sondheim.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
Occasional clumsiness is easily coated over by the movie's overarching goodwill.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
Spiked with some genuine show-stopping musical numbers, and the sheer pluck of its young cast is nothing if not admirable.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 8, 2003
Writer/director Graff doesn't give the kids much to work with, lumbering them with a script overloaded with gay clichés ... and lazy rip-offs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 8, 2003
Graff so determinedly romanticizes his characters that he alienates all but the most musical-mad of audiences.
| Original Score: 2/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2003
Another of those summer movies that want to pluck at our heartstrings. If it would just stop plucking for a second, it might be enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 8, 2003
There are moments when you're not sure whether you're supposed to scoff with Camp, or at it.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 8, 2003
A comedy, and for all its cliches and clumsiness, close to a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 7, 2003
The situations are mighty broad, but exuberance counts for something in the movie with perhaps the year's most double-edged title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2003
The entire movie struck me as shallow, forced and phony in some of the same ways that Fame was a phony picture of the New York High School for Performing Arts.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7, 2003
Instead of a homogenized, mass-produced polish, boasts funky, handmade brio that may sometimes be cliched but is always heartfelt.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 7, 2003
Apologies to Irene Cara, but you really do believe these kids want to live forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 31, 2003
The movie itself is poorly put together, right from an awkward credit sequence, and few of the characters convince.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 25, 2003
Graff has drawn uniformly excellent performances from his cast of unknowns. And they can sing and dance up a storm.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 25, 2003
It's fun, but Camp falls short of persuading viewers to go directly into musical comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2003
Camp has a good deal of the appeal, and the drawbacks, of a high school play. It can be pokey and overly earnest and its dramatics are not always polished, but, on the other hand, would you want them to be?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 24, 2003
Theater lovers will be in hog heaven.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2003
The movie is so rigged to elicit the audience's empathy that it becomes difficult to watch.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2003
It's wonderful little freaks like the kids at Camp Ovation on whom the American musical theater pins its future, and Graff offers a handful of them a nice moment in the spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 22, 2003
A blast of exuberant fun that stays rooted in humanity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
July 22, 2003
One gets the sinking feeling, while watching, that many will love it, so why not you?
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 8, 2003
Graff ... at least has his heart in the right place, and those expressive, talented kids are the real deal.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 4, 2003
May be rickety, formulaic, overacted and tonally wobbly, but its spark of enthusiasm is so infectious that you have to love it for its faults.
| Original Score: 4/5