Camp X-Ray Reviews

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May 25, 2019
Notwithstanding good performances, potent imagery and cinematic flair, Camp X-Ray does not cut deep nor surprise. The film stretches some boundaries but breaks none.
June 21, 2016
The final 15 minutes betray the first 100, hammering all themes into our skulls. It's an unnecessarily on-the-nose finish to a mostly organic central relationship.
June 18, 2016
The baggage Stewart brings to 'Camp X-Ray' makes its first hour more compelling than anything in the screenplay.
February 26, 2016
This is an excellent movie. It is a powerful drama set at the Guantanamo Bay prison. It avoids political posturing and gets down the human interaction between guards and prisoners, while avoiding the usual prison clichés.
January 19, 2016
Superbly unsettling. Pointedly highlights how incarceration dehumanizes inmate and guard alike. Kristen Stewart's steeliness is perfectly suited to its ironies.
June 25, 2015
Writer-director Sattler keeps the drama small and intimate, between two people, focusing on the minutiae of daily life inside the prison and letting us draw the moral implications.
June 10, 2015
The final reel of Camp X-Ray is actually kinda terrible, but that's not enough to undo all the excellence that has come before. At least not for me.
November 14, 2014
A lean and mean essay on human bondage, a minimalist examination of living life to the least.
November 9, 2014
Avgenerally minor movie, but not a bad one.
November 7, 2014
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.
November 6, 2014
It's invigorated, somewhat, by strong central performances from actors on opposite sides of a locked steel door.
November 6, 2014
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.
November 6, 2014
Effectively dramatizes a situation with the possibility to cause frustration for those both inside and outside the cells.
October 30, 2014
Payman Moaadi's performance in Camp X-Ray shines with enough humanity to illuminate the whole movie.
October 30, 2014
On another movie, the high-corn finale might have worked; here, it just feels patently false.
October 24, 2014
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.
October 23, 2014
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.
October 23, 2014
Sattler digs into both sides of those cell doors, exploring the combative side of soldiers having to "babysit" detainees while those inside the prison walls are driven mad by their lack of sleep and unfortunate conditions.
October 22, 2014
A bit of an overreach for Kristen Stewart, but much respect for her in attempting it.
October 21, 2014
Even as Camp X-Ray builds to its preposterous final scene, Stewart and Moaadi remain fascinating to behold.
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