Jesus Camp
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The youngest foot soldiers for the Lord are shown in their native environment in this documentary. Becky Fischer is a children's pastor who runs "Kids on Fire," a summer camp for evangelical Christian children in North Dakota. Fischer believes in the political and moral importance of a Christian presence in America, and uses her camp to reinforce the religious training most of her charges are already receiving at home (the majority of the campers are home-schooled by their parents). Using video games, animated videos, and group activities to help put her message across, Fischer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A brave, thoughtful documentary."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"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."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Jesus Camp doesn't just preach to the converted, it bores and frightens them."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Why bother with horror films when you can see this?"
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"This gripping shock-doc looks inside the Kids on Fire evangelical summer camp in North Dakota, where training starts young for a "new army of God" to "take back America for Christ"."
‑ Carmen Grey, Total Film
"No matter your religious or political affiliation (or lack thereof), this supremely even-handed documentary from Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady is cinematic dynamite."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Eye-opening look at the Evangelicals among us."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"Some lively material - but nothing new."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This unabashedly liberal documentary tries to redress the balance by giving the rest of America a wake up call: not all scary fundamentalists come strapped with explosives."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"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."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Both disturbing and enlightening."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A disturbing, unflinching portrait of religion and its effects on children when in the hands of psychotic strangers and bad parents."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Flawed editing and intrusive and irritating commentary hardly detract from the shock value of this disturbing documentary. Compulsory viewing for anyone in the least bit concerned about religious extremism."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
"Filmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady don't bother with a polemical voiceover a la Michael Moore but skilfully stitch together the comments of the evangelicals themselves. It doesn't make for a pretty picture."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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