The Miseducation of Cameron Post Reviews

August 17, 2018
[Post] is anchored by a strong performance by Chloe Grace Moretz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2018
A timid drama with a passive voice that doesn't align with the importance of its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 16, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a modest-size film that performs a service opposite to that of Conversion therapy: It respects the vulnerability that accompanies the emergence of any young person's sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 10, 2018
Akhavan keeps the camera locked on Moretz's face; every time you think she can't possibly go closer, she does. But it's the definition of a female gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2018
"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a scrapbook made by the people who were there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2018
It's loaded with terrific performances all around and, under the skilful stewardship of director Desiree Akhavan, it's a well-crafted story steeped in poignancy, melancholy and simple truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2018
This is essentially a movie about teenagers stuck in an overly strict summer camp, and watching youths quietly whiling away the hours in a detention center is not exactly scintillating conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2018
"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" offers a powerful rejoinder to anyone who'd shame people into denying their authentic selves. In its own modest way, it's one of the year's bravest films.
August 8, 2018
"Miseducation" more often opts for nuance than burlesque, and that is its strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2018
The director has enough faith in her audience to risk making all of the characters complicated, multifaceted and true-to-life.
August 8, 2018
Moretz' wry smile and weary eyes convey volumes of emotional turmoil. She is the soulful, courageous heart of a film that exalts the strength of human dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 6, 2018
A handsomely retrofitted after-school movie.
August 3, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post may not hit as hard as it should. But it at least suggests that the only real losers in life are those who presume to read God's mind.
August 3, 2018
This is a film about Cameron's core personhood, and how it stands up to concentrated efforts to transform it, and it's told with quiet steeliness and grace.
August 2, 2018
A sweet indie film in the tradition of John Hughes. Calmly directed by Desiree Akhavan, the movie doesn't get tangled in the weeds of politics, but instead focuses intensely on its lovely characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2018
It's hard to think of a more highly-charged topic than the brainwashing of vulnerable adolescents in the name of God, so it's certainly to Akhavan's credit that she uses such a determinedly understated style.
Top Critic
August 2, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a sharply observed study - with a knife edge of satire, for sure - of the daily practice of soft tyranny by people not gifted with healthy self-doubt.
August 2, 2018
Navigating troubled culture-war waters with grace, humor and compassion, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a movie that deserves a wide and diverse audience.
August 1, 2018
ChloŽ Grace Moretz plays Cameron with such tasteful reserve, all blank stares and slightly agape mouth in the face of the most ardent down-is-up doctrine.
August 1, 2018
What a shame that this well-meaning and timely look at the absurdity of gay conversion camps - it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year - lacks the teeth to make its points stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2018
The film takes a grown-up approach to its young-adult material; this is a somewhat somber YA adaptation, with teenage subjects who are fully formed and all too human.
July 31, 2018
This movie may wander, but Akhavan's attention to perfect little moments is unwavering.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 30, 2018
The action is schematic and the characters are thinly sketched.
July 26, 2018
A thoughtful if somewhat shapeless drama about the struggle between human instinct and ideology, populated by finely-drawn characters...
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 28, 2018
A clear-eyed examination of a self-assured female gay character from the past, both ahead of her teenage years and the era through which she lived them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 26, 2018
The repressive setting would be, in a less nuanced film, a site of unadulterated horror. But Cameron, Jane, and Adam, like queer people through the ages, find ways to bond, joke, and help each other through the circumstances.
January 28, 2018
Desiree Akhavan's Sundance-winning drama pulls back the curtain on gay-conversion camps, offering a valuable (albeit simplistic) alternative to self-questioning young viewers.
January 26, 2018
The people in this story are flesh-and-blood examples of a tragic emotional Stockholm Syndrome that should not be. I just wish the story did more with them.
January 22, 2018
t beautifully articulates the need for young people to realize the validity of who they are, and even more beautifully crystalizes the moment when that starts to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 22, 2018
Generously peppered with biting humor and warmed by a generous spirit that extends understanding, if not forgiveness, even to the religious zealot characters.