Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 88
    At the film's uplifting conclusion, when a stilled voice finally makes itself heard, you can unmistakably feel your heart lift, as if it had grown tiny wings. Camp reminds you that once you believed it would always soar, just like that.
  2. 88
    A summery confection crammed with fresh young talented faces that's hard not to love.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A comedy, and for all its cliches and clumsiness, close to a great one.
  4. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    This is the kind of film you can watch over and over again on several levels, especially as you mine the script for knowing jokes about the theatre (it's packed with them).
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A hilarious, rousing musical comedy set at a summer camp where NOBODY plays sports and EVERYBODY worships Stephen Sondheim.
  6. 75
    The modestly perfect antidote to a synthetic, overblown movie summer: a blast of exuberant fun that stays rooted in humanity.
  7. It's impossible not to be exhilarated by the energy and determination that infuses every frame.
  8. 70
    Camp offers plenty of reasons to bristle at its cheery shamelessness, but it's too high-spirited and charming to resist.
  9. "Meatballs" handled the sleep-away sex stuff better; here it feels like filler between the killer musical numbers that make even special guest Stephen Sondheim smile on his way out the door.
  10. A crude but irresistibly effervescent movie cut from the same sequined cloth as "Fame," Camp couldn't be better timed to ride the coattails of "Chicago" to cult popularity.
  11. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    A big-hearted, exuberant, compassionate film with a wicked sense of humor and terrific songs performed by some preternaturally talented kids.
  12. 70
    Spiked with some genuine show-stopping musical numbers, and the sheer pluck of its young cast is nothing if not admirable.
  13. The sum is no greater than the ''Fame''-style saga of any one of them, and Graff, an actor and screenwriter making his directing debut, is less successful at developing each story than at conveying his general affection for the curtain-call species.
  14. There's humor and expected back-story pathos.
  15. The film's title is a double entendre, meant to be taken straight as a noun (as in summer camp) and bent as a verb (as in "to camp," an action self-consciously exaggerated or theatrical).
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The situations are mighty broad, but exuberance counts for something in the movie with perhaps the year's most double-edged title.
  17. 63
    Camp may not be great cinema, but it's passionate and original enough to be special.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The pressure often shows: For all its charm, the dramatic moments are awkward and the final act feels rushed and under rehearsed.
  19. If you can get into the spirit of the proceedings, you're likely to find some fun.
  20. A fresh, young energetic cast is this wobbly musical comedy's main claim to "Fame."
  21. Does have heart and enthusiasm. But it might have worked better if it had been glitzed up and energized the way "Fame" was. It's not a script that can survive this kind of minimal, earnest, self-congratulatory treatment.
  22. Another of those summer movies that want to pluck at our heartstrings. If it would just stop plucking for a second, it might be enjoyable.
  23. 50
    So strained in its "charm" and "pluck" that you grow weary by minute 15, hoping that the teens whose lives it depicts will stop being so darn peppy or sweetly confused or irritatingly dramatic.
  24. Art as a passport to healing may be what audiences are craving these days, but the poultice provided by this movie couldn't cover a paper cut.
  25. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Camp is self-conscious when the teens aren't singing, but the quote marks fall away as soon as they lift their voices.
  26. Has a good deal of the appeal, and the drawbacks, of a high school play. It can be pokey and overly earnest and its dramatics are not always polished, but, on the other hand, would you want them to be?
  27. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    The film's examination of confused sexuality, psychic scars and unsupportive parents never moves a step beyond cliche.
  28. Occasional clumsiness is easily coated over by the movie's overarching goodwill.
  29. Starts slowly, takes a turn for the better for a couple of reels and then, not having much to say or anywhere to go, flatlines into something akin to "American Idol."
  30. There's no doubt the cast is driven and talented; some day, it might be interesting to watch a film about what such kids are really like.
  31. 30
    The movie is so rigged to elicit the audience's empathy that it becomes difficult to watch; it's stifling.
  32. 0
    Camp has also been compared to Alan Parker’s "Fame," which operates with a similar love of behind-the-scenes melodrama and youthful idealism, but different in that it doesn’t induce brain-swelling revulsion in the viewer.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. CharlieD.
    May 9, 2007
    This "film" was the worst film I've ever seen, with a cliche story line and a terrible scrpt, it's 2 hours of my life I'm not going to get back. Full Review »
  2. AaronF.
    Mar 30, 2007
    Good fun, especially the musical numbers, but the acting and writing are often times very awkward. it's very evident when the film attempts to develop its one-dimensional characters that this is a first feature from writer/director Todd Graff. Full Review »
  3. 24601booyah
    Jul 2, 2006
    I loved the premise of this movie, but the final production was less than satisfactory. The musical theatre numbers were fantastic, "Ladies Who Lunch" was especially notable. However, there was something missing. Sorry to be so vague, but I came away from the movie wanting something more (and not in a good way). To be fair, the actors did a splendid job, but the movie itself just left me unsatisfied. Full Review »