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Camp X-Ray (2014)



Critic 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.

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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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Lane Garrison
as Ransdell
John Carroll Lynch
as Colonel Drummond
Nawal Bengholam
as Newscaster
Mark Naji
as Detainee #1
Anoop Simon
as Detainee #2
Marco Khan
as Mahmoud
Julia Duffy
as Cole's Mother
Robert Tarpinian
as Detainee #3
Kyle Bornheimer
as Night Shift C.O.
Brandon Seider
as New Guard
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Critic Reviews for Camp X-Ray

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20)

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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's invigorated, somewhat, by strong central performances from actors on opposite sides of a locked steel door.

Full Review… | November 6, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 6, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

On another movie, the high-corn finale might have worked; here, it just feels patently false.

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2014
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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Camp X-Ray


A drama centered around an army guard stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Camp X-Ray is slow paced at times but still delivers a powerful piece in this post 9/11 era. Kirsten Stewart is cold, silent, and emotional throughout, carrying this movie the majority of the times as her surrounding cast (save Peyman Moaadi, the inmate she interacts with) offers very few contributions. None the less, X-Ray is a quiet, straight forward film that sheds light to a subject that has and will continue to effect us as modern terrorism has become prevalent to all our lives.

Philip Watson
Philip Watson

Slow moving, trying to push an agenda. Never really looks into the reasons why these prisoners were really put there, just how inhumane it is to imprison them. The viewer is hit over the head with this agenda about 1/2 way through to the point where it becomes unviewable. I like Kristen Stewart as an actress but this was not my favorite movie of hers.

Christine White
Christine White

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 Walker
Ian Walker

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