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2006 3.0/5 PG-13 SD 84 minutes

This documentary follows three kids at a controversial summer camp that grooms the next generation of conservative Christian political activists.

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Directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

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Language: English

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  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Documentary Feature nominee 2007
NYT Critics' Pick: Children’s Boot Camp for the Culture Wars

This riveting (and alarming) documentary about the training of children to fight in “God’s army” for the charismatic/evangelical arm of Christian fundamentalism focuses on Kids on Fire, a religious summer camp in Devil’s Lake, N.D. — Stephen Holden Read the review

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A brave, thoughtful documentary.

David Jenkins, Time Out, 2007-11-22


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, 2006-10-13


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, 2006-10-13


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, 2006-10-13


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, 2006-10-09


Both disturbing and enlightening.

James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2006-10-07


Jesus Camp seems to me most interesting (and poignant) as a portrait of denied and even desecrated childhood.

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, 2006-10-06


On one level, the documentary Jesus Camp is all about evangelical Christians keeping up with the terrorists.

John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2006-10-06


Jesus Camp does what documentaries ought to do: It poses serious questions, then steps out of the argument.

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, 2006-10-06


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.

Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 2006-10-06


One of those documentaries so well crafted you should wonder what was left on the cutting-room floor.

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2006-10-06


Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady let the details speak for themselves.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2006-10-05


You don't have to be extreme or liberal to be shaken by Jesus Camp.

Phil Kloer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2006-10-05


As a documentary, Jesus Camp could lose its haunted-house score and contrapuntal Air America refrains and still deliver its message...

Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly, 2006-10-04


It stares into the face of faith run amok, and for those willing to follow its gaze, it provides sad revelations.

Neva Chonin, San Francisco Chronicle, 2006-09-29


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.

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2006-09-28


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?

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 2006-10-06


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.

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2006-09-29

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