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City of Ghosts Reviews

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August 31, 2017
In another war zone, Matthew Heineman exchanges nihilism for hope, sentiment and journalists.
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 28, 2018
Not for the faint of heart, but well worth it.
November 1, 2018
Matthew Heineman's immersive filmmaking peels back the curtain, crafting a definitive take on one of the world's most horrific war zones.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 26, 2018
Heineman's gift as a filmmaker remains in the profoundly visceral quality of his material.
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.
April 9, 2018
A shocking and timely reminder of Syria's suffering, too much of it unseen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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]
August 29, 2017
"City of Ghosts" adds a powerful immediacy to the Syrian catastrophe.
August 22, 2017
Rare, humanizing glimpses into the kind of Syrian war stories that aren't typically heard.
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.
January 31, 2017
City of Ghosts was always going to be an achingly relevant plea for help and compassion in today's world, but recent events have made it more urgent than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 27, 2017
Evils are beyond comprehension in this punishing, extraordinary documentary which gives a voice to the silent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 30, 2017
There is life and death in every single frame of City of Ghosts, not to be easily forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 21, 2017
City of Ghosts is every bit as devastating in its content as you might expect. But the real strength of Heineman's film lies in its restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2017
City of Ghosts is a tough, difficult sit. But it might just prove invaluable, both as an anthropological document of nascent social media resistance and as a profile of undaunted journalistic courage.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 31, 2017
Heineman pulls no punches on showing the brutality that is enacted by the radical group, and it makes for an extremely effective doc with such a personal core.
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