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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Extraordinary. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Nachtwey's pictures tell a tale of grief and suffering, and Frei's you-are-there approach gives those photos startling immediacy. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Indelible images and brilliant use of unconventional music make this a nonfiction film that must be seen – and heard – to be believed. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Finally, the film answers a question that obviously haunts Nachtwey: Is it immoral, callous or irresponsible to win fame and recognition from images of the terror, death and suffering of others? show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A misleadingly bland title for a gripping documentary. show more

  • 80
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Frei assembles a fascinating profile of a deeply humanistic artist who, in spite of all that he's witnessed, remains surprisingly idealistic, and retains an extraordinary faith in the ability of images to communicate the truth of the world around him. show more

  • 60
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    While the images presented here are peerless, James Nachtwey is a fascinating individual and it is a shame we cannot learn more about the man behind these extraordinary images. show more

  • 89
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    The images this war photographer shoots are beyond awful, but there's just no looking away. show more

  • 90
    Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Vulture)

    What's remarkable is how often the photographer's subjects allow themselves to be caught on film; it's as if they understood implicitly that Nachtwey was there not only to agitate for reform but to memorialize their agony. He does both. show more

  • 90
    Dana Stevens The New York Times

    Documenting war is a small, partial but indispensable step toward its eventual eradication. Mr. Frei's quiet, engrossing film is a sad and stirring testimony to this vision and to the quiet, self-effacing heroism with which Mr. Nachtwey has pursued it. show more

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