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Jesus Camp Reviews

November 22, 2007
A brave, thoughtful documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
October 13, 2006
No matter your religious or political affiliation (or lack thereof), this supremely even-handed documentary from Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady is cinematic dynamite.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
It's almost impossible not to respond emotionally to this fascinating, sobering and all-too-brief exploration of the politicized religious right and its hopes, dreams and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
Perhaps indoctrination is in the eye of the beholder. But one thing is certain: All Christians aren't the same. I'm one, and I found this film to be saddening, not heartening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2006
I spent a lot of years studying the teachings of Jesus in Catholic grammar school, and I think Jesus would be appalled by what goes on in the these camps.
October 7, 2006
Both disturbing and enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2006
Jesus Camp seems to me most interesting (and poignant) as a portrait of denied and even desecrated childhood.
October 6, 2006
On one level, the documentary Jesus Camp is all about evangelical Christians keeping up with the terrorists.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2006
Jesus Camp does what documentaries ought to do: It poses serious questions, then steps out of the argument.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2006
The overlap of politics and religion is precisely what gives the film an interest beyond the curious practices with which some parents raise their children.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 6, 2006
One of those documentaries so well crafted you should wonder what was left on the cutting-room floor.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
October 5, 2006
Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady let the details speak for themselves.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2006
You don't have to be extreme or liberal to be shaken by Jesus Camp.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 4, 2006
As a documentary, Jesus Camp could lose its haunted-house score and contrapuntal Air America refrains and still deliver its message...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 29, 2006
It stares into the face of faith run amok, and for those willing to follow its gaze, it provides sad revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 28, 2006
Whether you are a religious, churchgoing person or not, if you are the least bit liberal or tolerant in your world view, this has got to be one of the most unnerving films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2006
Often funny (just listen to Becky fulminate against Harry Potter), but it's also a scary, sobering inside look at the attempts of an increasingly powerful group to erode the separation of church and state.
September 28, 2006
What Ewing and Grady have accomplished here is remarkable -- capturing the visceral humanity, desire and unflagging political will of a religious movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 22, 2006
Though it would have benefited from a more detached approach, this is a vital look at a subculture that remains foreign to many New Yorkers -- despite its growing influence over all our lives.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 21, 2006
This riveting documentary explores Kids on Fire, a summer camp in Devils Lake, N.D., that grooms children to be soldiers in 'God's army'.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 21, 2006
You don't have to be an extremist liberal to find any minute of Jesus Camp more frightening than the entirety of Village of the Damned.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2006
A frightening, infuriating, yet profoundly compassionate documentary about the indoctrination of children by the Evangelical right.
September 15, 2006
Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, who also focused on children in last year's poignant The Boys of Baraka, provide a fascinating glimpse of kids' role in the evangelical movement's political agenda.
August 14, 2006
Like the filmmakers' award-winning Boys of Baraka, Jesus Camp examines the relationship between education and social context.