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City of Ghosts Reviews

August 3, 2017
This film will give you a new appreciation for the freedoms that are often taken for granted in a democracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 28, 2017
An important story that loses something in the telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 27, 2017
"City of Ghosts" isn't merely about the personal sacrifices of these men, but a testament to the necessity of a free and open press the world over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2017
Heineman powerfully captures the agonizing sense of displacement these men must feel. Gaunt, lanky, chain-smoking RBSS founder Aziz is an emotionally wounded, haunted figure. The "ghosts" in the title doesn't just apply to those killed in Raqqa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 21, 2017
A clearly significant document, bringing compassionate immediacy and personalised humanity to an unfolding catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 20, 2017
This is a harrowing watch, with footage of executions -- the emotional toll on the men is tangible. Yet RBSS is performing an essential duty; it is often the only conduit of reliable news from Raqqa to the wider world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 20, 2017
Matthew Heineman gets up close and personal with some of the RBSS members, who live with the daily threat of violent retribution and in some scenes comment from the cloistered security of German or Turkish safe houses.
July 20, 2017
[An] infuriating documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 20, 2017
This is a powerful testament to a new kind of citizens' digital journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 13, 2017
No other film has so convincingly, or so urgently, illustrated the role that media will play in our fight for the future.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 13, 2017
City of Ghosts, a documentary by Matthew Heineman, provides a vision of dedication to reportorial truth in the desperate efforts of an improvised news organization with a haunting, if unwieldy name: "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," or RBSS.
July 13, 2017
Part of what makes "City of Ghosts" compelling is a chance to view disturbing footage of ISIS atrocities, clandestinely shot with cellphones and so revealing and incendiary the videoers faced death if captured.
July 13, 2017
"City of Ghosts" provides a grim reminder of what journalism should look like, and why its stakes are literally life and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 11, 2017
City of Ghosts, a harrowing documentary about ISIS atrocities in Syria, is both timely and terrifying, but it will be remembered most for putting a human face on the citizen journalists who - at great risk - exposed the terrorist group's horrors in Raqqa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2017
As information-age documents go, it's as necessary a glimpse of 21st century heroism and ideology warfare as you're going to encounter, and a brutally effective argument for compassion toward those forced from their homeland.
July 7, 2017
City of Ghosts gains its power from highlighting the rape of Raqqa as told by ordinary men who risked everything to share this news story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2017
A worthwhile examination of the importance of an institution currently under siege around the world: journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2017
"City of Ghosts," a blunt instrument of a documentary, is an urgent and heart-heavy account of Syrian resistance from the ground up.
July 6, 2017
Their story should be required viewing for anyone engaging in discussion of the refugee "problem."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2017
The heroism on display in "City of Ghosts" is unforgettable, and the film remains an ever-essential reminder of the high costs and vital necessity of journalism in this - or any - fight against evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2017
A powerful reminder of how essential freedom of the press really is, and how easily it can be taken away.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 29, 2017
As the world slowly wrestles with how to fight ISIS, here's a story of a handful of intrepid individuals who don't have the luxury of waiting.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 28, 2017
Heineman's film urges us not to take any horrors for granted. It is invaluable, as both moral instruction and documented history.
June 15, 2017
Timely, pressing, important.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 26, 2017
[City of Ghosts] reveals accurate information as the first weapon of resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
January 27, 2017
Heineman may have made the definitive contemporary documentary about the tragedy of Syria, as well as an epoch-defining piece on modern media tactics.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 22, 2017
Heineman offers up a double portrait of devastation, of a truly destroyed city and of partially decimated survivors, leaving the viewer with an empathetic sense of deep sorrow.
January 22, 2017
Jaw dropping. We should be shocked, dismayed and horrified.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 21, 2017
What "City of Ghosts" does best is to humanize those who've suffered most from the conflict in Syria, educating us through both outrage and compassion.