Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington Reviews

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
October 10, 2013
A stirring lament for the late, great photojournalist and some-time film director who was killed in action.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
May 24, 2013
..mostly a biographical film, honoring the man and his work ... while also highlighting two questions often ignored in discussions of war and war photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
October 11, 2013
There is a sense of intimacy and a warm humanity shining in all his work and this is an eloquent, moving tribute ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 8, 2013
There is plenty of footage of Hetherington. So much, you wonder if he wanted to leave a part of himself behind should the worst come to the worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
House Next Door
June 22, 2013
Hetherington's portrait-like approach to his subjects is itself a form of cinema.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
October 7, 2013
This is chiefly a celebratory piece ... It is more than that, however, shedding light on what it means to be a journalist in a war zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 24, 2013
A warm, fitting capstone for a man who saw the best in people during some of the worst circumstances, and helped notably reshape notions of war photography.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 20, 2013
Junger ... brings intimacy and personal insight to his film but doesn't give into the temptation to make it a eulogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
October 10, 2013
One imagines the charismatic Hetherington, once met, would be unforgettable: Junger's film is a decent, heartfelt tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 15, 2013
The film is more powerful and haunting thanks to the ample footage incorporated of Hetherington himself, a cheerful soul even when faced with evidence of unimaginable cruelty, such as photographing those blinded during the war in Liberia.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2013
It's easy to see how inspiring he could be as an artist, and how tragically addictive the insanity of combat becomes when the engagement and desire to understand run that deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
October 10, 2013
With its conventional archive-plus-talking-heads format, this film is less radical than , but Junger articulates a number of subtle and unexpected ideas about Hetherington's work, and about combat reporting in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
October 11, 2013
His desire to understand conflict, his gnawing away at the question of what young men get out of violence, sets our own brain whirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 6, 2013
Unsurprisingly, considering the circumstances, this is less a meticulous study of photojournalist's art than an privileged and emotional look at the life of a friend and colleague.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 21, 2013
Sebastian Junger, who worked with Hetherington on the celebrated doc Restrepo, paints a biographical profile that often speaks eloquently to the unique nature both of his late friend and of war itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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