Camp X-Ray

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jan 26, 2014
    80
    One of the strengths of Sattler’s screenplay is his refusal to make this a straightforward drama about enemies, injustice or dehumanizing persecution. He makes it about empathy, and in doing so broadens the intimate story to find thematic universality.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Jan 26, 2014
    70
    Camp X-Ray is most commendable for believably depicting the U.S. military from a female’s point of view.
  3. 63
    First-time writer/director Peter Sattler finds a few surprises to throw at us in this somewhat conventional “Stockholm Syndrome” story.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 14, 2014
    60
    For much of its running time, Camp X-Ray stands as the fullest on-screen imaginative treatment of two of the defining developments of the last 15 years of American life: the deployment of women in our volunteer army, and the indefinite detention of men we think, but can't quite prove, deserve it.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 26, 2014
    58
    In between the meandering exchanges lies an unquestionably thoughtful interrogation of a broken system.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 16, 2014
    50
    Stewart’s restrained performance is affecting, the film seems well-researched about what it’s like to try to deal with Gitmo detainees who throw their own feces, and it isn’t as tendentious as the average Hollywood take on the subject.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Oct 17, 2014
    38
    Peter Sattler's film feels quintessentially Sundance: an expensively mounted treatise on important issues that's terrified to dig in obsessively, yet so ramrod-stiff with indignation that it never comes anywhere near compelling entertainment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jul 19, 2015
    9
    Camp X-Ray (2014) is an amazing film which captures how they’re some good humans left in the world even when forced to hate others for noCamp X-Ray (2014) is an amazing film which captures how they’re some good humans left in the world even when forced to hate others for no reasons at all. This film shares the many sides of humanity, how people of power make everyone love or hate each other based on what they want you to believe, it also shows that some people can see right through the **** and show compassion for others no matter the circumstances. I have many feelings on this story type in which is better left unsaid as humanity with power whether it be over any country or any club has proven themselves to be nothing but filth controlling others for their own financial goals. Aside from my feeling on the realism shown in this film and many others like it, this film is amazing. The acting is by far of the highest caliber and the script was perfect. At times I felt the adrenaline to want to knock out the Corporal as if I were in those shoes, it would’ve happen. Sadly events like this take place and this film hit the nail on the head perfectly. Great film. Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    8
    It was a good film, specially for me who am an Iranian...
    and had a very good rolling....
    i enjoyed it and it's not boring at
    It was a good film, specially for me who am an Iranian...
    and had a very good rolling....
    i enjoyed it
    and it's not boring at all.....................
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  3. Oct 17, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. it is not very good film....but i like actress.................................................................................................................... Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2014
    6
    I find it quite amazing that they can stretch out a film into something engaging, when it revolves nothing more than guards pacing up and downI find it quite amazing that they can stretch out a film into something engaging, when it revolves nothing more than guards pacing up and down 8 detainee cubicles. Its insightful as to how these "prison" camps operate. Granted that Kristen Stewart is the star of the show, but I think Peyman Moaardi acted better. Kristen looks sweet as ever, but wasn't really able to make the final scene as touching as possible. Its a slow-moving but realistic movie. It could have been more, but ultimately unable to expand on some ethical issues. For a lazy afternoon, this movie is a good watch. Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2014
    2
    If you somehow manage not to sleep, you might be able to finish watching this movie. Stagnant acting, no plot. Also Kristen Stewart isIf you somehow manage not to sleep, you might be able to finish watching this movie. Stagnant acting, no plot. Also Kristen Stewart is terrible !!! She cannot carry her role and consequently crashes under. Well, I guess you can pass this one. Expand

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