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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Living in Emergency is sobering, in part because it powerfully conveys that, despite the group's heroic efforts, its impact is "a drop in a sea of oceans." There's never enough time, supplies or volunteers, but, as one of the doctors notes, "the demand is pretty much infinite." show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Living in Emergency is anything but bleeding-heart propaganda. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Gripping, sobering, inspiring stuff. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    These are people at the frontline of idealism in action, working to alleviate suffering, one patient at a time, in some of the most devastated places on Earth. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    More than anything, though, Living in Emergency leaves us wanting to know more about what makes these four people tick differently from the rest of us -- we who balk at anything riskier than signing petitions and joining Facebook protest groups. show more

  • 88
    Boston Globe

    A remarkable look at the people behind an organization that understands its limitations. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The film confirms it's hard to do brain surgery on a battlefield. But it doesn't take a brain surgeon to think it could go deeper. show more

  • 60
    Nicolas Rapold Time Out New York

    Documentarian Mark N. Hopkins gives us a mature look at the bracing yet very human personalities attracted to crisis. show more

  • 60
    John P. McCarthy Boxoffice Magazine

    Ultimately rather opaque. It lacks sufficient emotional and psychological clarity to cut through our disaster fatigue. show more

  • 78
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    Living in Emergency, then, is like a hard slap to the face: There is nothing remotely romantic about this grim depiction of two missions in Liberia and Congo in the mid-2000s. show more

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