Camp X-Ray


Camp X-Ray

Critics Consensus

Camp X-Ray's treatment of its subject verges on the shallow, but benefits greatly from a pair of impressive performances from Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi.



Total Count: 60


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A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both. (C) IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for Camp X-Ray

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (21)

  • Camp X-Ray raises quite a few fascinating questions about power, sexism, and war, yet fails to explore them in any real depth. More troubling still, it's a character study that does little in the way of character development.

    Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's invigorated, somewhat, by strong central performances from actors on opposite sides of a locked steel door.

    Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Peter Sattler... grounds his story in the cold operational detail of Gitmo, showing how the soldiers there administer the legal limbo of indefinite detention and insulate themselves from the cruelty and injustice of what they're doing.

    Nov 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • On another movie, the high-corn finale might have worked; here, it just feels patently false.

    Oct 30, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Has a great idea behind it - a young female soldier assigned guard duty at Guantanamo Bay forms a kinship with one of the incarcerated Muslims - but first-time writer-director Peter Sattler doesn't go anywhere interesting with that notion.

    Oct 24, 2014 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic
  • It helps if you think of "Camp X-Ray" and the prison face-off between Stewart and Maadi as a cautionary conversation unfolding more like a theater production than a movie.

    Oct 23, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Camp X-Ray

  • Apr 19, 2015
    This could be the film that shows the world that Kristen Stewart actually can act. An interesting, if somewhat fictitious story about a prison guard, isolated and outcast from her peers, striking a friendship with a terrorist subject charged with 9/11. Engaging and very well done.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2014
    Deliberately monotonous in parts, Camp X-Ray won't be for everyone but the drama invested here seems genuine and the two lead performances are striking. Impressive.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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