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Newnham and LeBrecht weave a narrative from multiple archival sources that capture the innocence, the subtle awakening, and ultimate determination of a small group of disenfranchised who suddenly realized that there was something to fight for.
The Hollywood Reporter
What's most remarkable is how the primitive video footage balances the aspects of Jened that were unique — you've never seen a baseball game or swimming instruction like this — with moments that are hilarious and universal.
Thanks to Crip Camp, we can all get a window into how a struggle is unified, people are emboldened, and differences are made.
The New York Times
Newnham and LeBrecht deftly juggle a large cast of characters past and present, accomplishing the not-so-easy task of making all the personalities distinct, and a build a fair amount of suspense in their nearly day-by-day account of the sit-in.
The Associated Press
It’s a worthy story even without the coda of the fight for their civil rights. You never know where empowerment might stem from: Sometimes, it’s a hippie camp in the Catskills.
Footage is surprising, and, occasionally heart-breaking; not because of the disabilities onscreen, but because it recalls the idealism of the 1970s, long since gone.
The movie succeeds in enlightening without ever coming across as an “eat your spinach” civics lesson.
The Film Stage
Crip Camp is both an inspiring historical document of a grass-roots movement but also an urgent call to action for those on the sidelines of ongoing political and societal battles.
Crip Camp proves some success stories only grow more powerful with age, and their ability to inspire action is timeless.
Crip Camp is buoyant and inspiring, a tale of people working together through difficulty and opposition to change the world.
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