City of Ghosts Reviews

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February 27, 2020
City of Ghosts works urgently...the grainy and grisly images contrast deeply with the Islamic State's own slick filmic efforts that ironically and blatantly mimic the language of Hollywood movies with unsettling efficiency.
January 28, 2020
Documentaries don't get any timelier and pressing than director Matthew Heineman's follow-up to Cartel Land.
April 26, 2019
The film is worth seeing for its personal stories and its realism, because real life rarely has the neat endings of fiction.
March 1, 2019
The story, as assembled, therefore reflects the refugees' shifting situations, with a naturalistic combination of horror, tenderness and the vicarious heroic kick of seeing journalists sticking it to wrongdoers.
December 26, 2018
Heineman's gift as a filmmaker remains in the profoundly visceral quality of his material.
November 28, 2018
Not for the faint of heart, but well worth it.
November 2, 2018
... it's hard to do justice to a film that incorporates such difficult material without ... well, acknowledging its very real difficulty. But the rewards of City of Ghosts are worth it.
November 2, 2018
Matthew Heineman's immersive filmmaking peels back the curtain, crafting a definitive take on one of the world's most horrific war zones.
August 21, 2018
Heineman's emotional approach threatens to turn City of Ghosts into a PSA... rather than a complex character study of dedicated men struggling to fight evil on the digital front lines.
June 8, 2018
Astonishing viewing - but it will haunt you.
April 10, 2018
A shocking and timely reminder of Syria's suffering, too much of it unseen.
March 8, 2018
This is a very, very difficult documentary. It is also a very, very important documentary and one I encourage everyone to see.
January 25, 2018
Heineman has crafted a film about the barbarism of war, in which ideology blinds its adherents from recognizing the common humanity of others.
January 6, 2018
Essential viewing.
December 28, 2017
With a strong emphasis on audiovisual work as a source of power, we can grasp the meaning that the documentary goes through in this statement: "Words and the camera, like human technologies, are stronger than weapons." [Full review in Spanish]
December 27, 2017
Evils are beyond comprehension in this punishing, extraordinary documentary which gives a voice to the silent.
December 13, 2017
On the one hand, this is an inspirational movie about the power of journalism. On the other hand, it is a solemn reminder of the utter destruction that war can bring.
October 19, 2017
As history progresses and the Syrian Civil War is dissected and taught in schools, the portrait City of God paints of these activists will prove to be a key snapshot of courage in the face of monstrous tyranny.
October 15, 2017
The film's final image, that of a journalist with a bounty on his head trembling in fear for his life, will haunt you for days
August 31, 2017
A positive showcase of heroic citizen journalists.
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