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Jesus Camp Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 22, 2006
It knows what it's looking for and, once it finds it, it serves it up to its own chosen audience of Blue Staters. It's the flip side of its own subjects. It's preaching to the unconverted.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 6, 2006
It might be too much to ask for a little more diversity in the movie's subjects. Aren't there any boring, conventionally innocent kids marching in God's army?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Russell
October 6, 2006
By gilding the lily so shamelessly, Ewing and Grady guarantee they'll preach only to the converted.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 6, 2006
Camp, pardon the pun, is preaching to the converted, and it isn't strong enough to sway anyone sitting on the fence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
February 6, 2012
Jesus Camp doesn't just preach to the converted, it bores and frightens them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 29, 2006
Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady lump all evangelicals together, failing to distinguish the more fundamentalist Pentecostals, and they've clumsily inserted some unnecessary editorializing from talk-radio host Mike Papantonio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 6, 2006
I sympathize with the directors' agenda, but this is a movie in which shots of American flags and 'God Bless the U.S.A.' signs are supposed to be as ominous as hammer-and-sickle insignia in a 'duck and cover' propaganda film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 22, 2006
[Ewing and Grady] take the techniques of the Jesus campers too close to heart: Admit no doubt and keep preaching until they've got the point.
| Original Score: C+
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 19, 2006
The doc these kids would make with flea market camcorders couldn't possibly be as ugly as this absurdly hypocritical critique of the far right's role in escalating the culture war.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 29, 2006
...can be draining for those, like myself, who get enough of these people already in our daily lives
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
September 29, 2006
The filmmakers are out to demonize, not humanize, which means their movie ends up preaching to the liberal choir instead of shedding any real light into the evangelical Christian movement.
Peter Bradshaw
November 23, 2007
Some lively material - but nothing new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Eye-opening look at the Evangelicals among us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 30, 2006
The deck is stacked here, but that doesn't make the scenes at the camp any less real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 20, 2006
...a very scary movie; one that makes it impossible to ignore the cultural schism in America, the very real war between those who know they have the answers, and those who entertain some doubt.
Full Review| Original Score: 92/100
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
September 1, 2006
Ewing and Grady cover the proceedings thoroughly, although, considering the intense and fertile subject matter, it would have been hard to screw it up... the filmmakers rightly limit their scope to the camp and its participants.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
October 7, 2006
Both disturbing and enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 6, 2006
One of those documentaries so well crafted you should wonder what was left on the cutting-room floor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
September 23, 2006
JESUS CAMP should be seen as it demonstrates the extremes to which the Religious Right will go to push its agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 1, 2006
February 27, 2009
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
January 25, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 7, 2006

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October 7, 2006
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