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Camp X-Ray

War . Drama

A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees.

Actors: Nawal Bengholam , Cory Michael Smith , Julia Duffy , John Carroll Lynch , Joseph Julian Soria , Lane Garrison , Peyman Moaadi , Kristen Stewart
Directors: Peter Sattler
Country: USA
Release: 2014-10-17
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  • David Rooney

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    It's that kind of performance, while holding her own with misogynistic soldiers and combing her hair with a plastic knife, that makes Stewart's talent stand at attention more than anything else.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Camp X-Ray has cinematic and moral intelligence. Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    Camp X-Ray is most commendable for believably depicting the U.S. military from a female’s point of view.

    Variety Full Review
  • William Goss

    With its painfully plain-spoken conflicts and eventually oversold gestures of kindness, Camp X-Ray may offer frustratingly little insight into the hazy world of wartime morality, but if nothing else, it suggests that Stewart may escape her own “Twilight”-shaped prison yet. Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    The gray, drab monotony of the setting seeps into the marrow of the prison drama Camp X-Ray, though it’s invigorated, somewhat, by strong central performances from actors on opposite sides of a locked steel door.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    First-time writer/director Peter Sattler finds a few surprises to throw at us in this somewhat conventional “Stockholm Syndrome” story.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Watching Ali and Cole (and, of course, Stewart and Maadi), we find ourselves wishing that they would genuinely get the chance to better understand each other. Do they, by the end? We’re not sure. On that score, Camp X-Ray remains admirably open-ended.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Camp X-Ray isn’t anti-American, despite much of Ali’s rhetoric. It is about the evils of ignorance, wherever it rears its ugly head.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Despite the movie’s gripping performances and the verisimilitude of many elements, I simply don’t believe the story.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    OK, haters: Here’s the movie meant to silence your complaints about Kristen Stewart’s acting range. And it might, if you can sit through all of it.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    A credulity-straining duet between two fine actors.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Amber Wilkinson

    It is down to the strength of the acting that the film succeeds as far as it does.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    The depiction of Guantánamo Bay as a banal, ugly hole of a place waiting to be condemned makes for a compelling first half hour in this military drama.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    In between the meandering exchanges lies an unquestionably thoughtful interrogation of a broken system.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    First-time writer-director Peter Sattler keeps things glum and unsentimental, then tosses it all up in the air with a syrupy ending that derails everything. On another movie, the high-corn finale might have worked; here, it just feels patently false.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    By boiling too much down to black and white, Camp X-Ray's ability to say something significant is diluted.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    X-Ray is extremely dull, and unwisely trusting in the power of its talented central duo to carry the film.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Camp X-Ray never makes the bond between this particular woman and this particular prisoner feel genuine or organic. Their relationship (platonic, obviously) smacks more of screenwriter contrivance than of two put-upon souls finding each other under duress.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Nikola Grozdanovic

    Camp X-Ray is as transparent in its message as the title suggests, and the scan shows a malignant tumor in the very bones of the film’s structure. An on-the-nose approach smothers all subtext into submission and leaves nothing of interest alive.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Just as you're reeling from the tackiness of this premise, set within such an explosive context, the plot doubles down on it.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    Sattler's film leans on its actors too heavily. It heaps too many implausibilities upon their trembling shoulders. After an hour in Camp X-Ray, the strain starts to show.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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