Camp X-Ray Reviews

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June 18, 2016
The baggage Stewart brings to 'Camp X-Ray' makes its first hour more compelling than anything in the screenplay.
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.
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 21, 2014
Even as Camp X-Ray builds to its preposterous final scene, Stewart and Moaadi remain fascinating to behold.
October 20, 2014
These two onscreen together seems ludicrous at first glance. But like their characters, they create something powerful and rewarding.
October 17, 2014
As Cole, Kristen Stewart is a good fit. In some of her more notable past roles, her tense, clipped delivery has read like disassociation from the material. But here, we get it.
October 17, 2014
'Camp X-Ray' is well-cast: Stewart's stoic performance is quite good and Peyman Moaadi is heartbreakingly believable as a man who has lost almost all hope but tries to maintain his dignity.
October 17, 2014
An expensively mounted treatise on important issues that's terrified to dig in obsessively, yet so ramrod-stiff with indignation that it never comes anywhere near compelling entertainment.
October 17, 2014
"Camp X-Ray" has cinematic and moral intelligence.
October 16, 2014
The flat, emotionless mask that Cole is supposed to keep in place plays exactly to Stewart's own, very guarded screen persona.
October 16, 2014
Despite the movie's gripping performances and the verisimilitude of many elements, I simply don't believe the story.
October 16, 2014
An obvious but strongly humanist drama from first-time feature maker Peter Sattler.
October 16, 2014
The movie becomes a series of histrionic attempts to be, as Stewart's character says with a pout, ''Just not as black and white as they said it was gonna be.''
October 16, 2014
'Camp X-Ray" already feels like a throwback to an earlier era, when Hollywood cared about what was going on at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for suspected Islamist terrorists.
October 16, 2014
There's something insulting about this thoroughly well-intentioned film ...
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