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Jesus Camp (2006)



Critic Consensus: Evangelical indoctrination is given an unflinching, even-handed look in this utterly worthwhile documentary.

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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 encourages the kids to pray for George W. Bush and his Supreme Court appointees while urging them to help "take back America for Christ." For the most part, the children seem reasonably ordinary beyond the fact they pray with uncommon fervor and sometimes speak in tongues. Along with Fischer and her cohorts, Jesus Camp features interviews with Ted Haggard, an evangelist and advisor to George W. Bush, and Mike Papantonio, a Christian talk-show host who believes the right-wing slant of many Christian evangelists is taking the church into a dangerous direction. Jesus Camp was directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, who previously made the acclaimed The Boys of Baraka. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Jesus Camp

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (34)

Why bother with horror films when you can see this?

November 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Some lively material - but nothing new.

November 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

November 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A brave, thoughtful documentary.

November 22, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

Funny, sad and horrifying. Anti-fundamentalist rather than anti-Christian, this deserves to preach to more than just the converted.

November 3, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

No matter your religious or political affiliation (or lack thereof), this supremely even-handed documentary from Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady is cinematic dynamite.

October 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Jesus Camp


It is appalling to see the nefarious effects of religion and the fundamentalist indoctrination of children carried out by those ignorant, delusional ministers who are so strongly committed to brainwashing them into becoming a bunch of fanatics and turning the USA into a theocracy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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I knew this movie was going to make me angry before I even watched it.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

Christ wept when he came to know that I'd been subject to this piece of shit. It's devastating to know that this sheer nonsense was nominated for Oscars. The fact that it was so much successful is more disturbing than watching this rubbish documentary. Amen.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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