TELESCOPE Find International Film

Advanced Options

 

At the Ready

✭ ✭ ✭ ✭   Read critic reviews

United States
·
2021

1h 36m

Director Maisie Crow
Starring

Genre Documentary

Play Trailer
Play Trailer
 
Add to watchlist
Add to my Watchlist

Set in El Paso, Texas, the documentary follows teens, predominantly Latino, training to become future security guards and immigration officers. Although they are now able to support their families through their salary, many of the teens are soon forced to confront the aspects of their job that directly go against their own identity and beliefs.

X

Stream At the Ready

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Be the first to comment about this film.

WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

78

Austin Chronicle by

Masie Crow's Sundance-selected documentary thrives on providing such depth and nuance to very real students with very real experiences.
80

TheWrap by Carlos Aguilar

At the Ready plays like a frightening but necessary exposé of state-sanctioned copaganda targeting young people from marginalized backgrounds to groom them into instruments of their very oppressor.
91

IndieWire by Christian Blauvelt

Watching At the Ready, a rich piece of journalism as well as an expertly assembled documentary, you think you’re watching what could have a riveting feature story in print. Instead, it’s a Pulitzer-worthy cover story in cinematic form.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Dan Fienberg

The documentary isn’t as thorough or enlightening on border issues as something like Netflix’s Immigration Nation, but the young heroes make At the Ready a good vehicle through which many viewers will be able to process their own preconceptions and opinions.
80

Film Threat by Kyle Bain

Crow and her crew accurately capture everyone’s emotions throughout and refuse to pull any punches along the way. At the Ready is honest, even in the moments when it becomes frustrating.