• Released
  • June 4, 2010
  • NR , 1 hr 33 min
  • Documentary
  • 18 Fan Ratings

Boston Globe

A remarkable look at the people behind an organization that understands its limitations.
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By Ella Taylor
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
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.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Living in Emergency is anything but bleeding-heart propaganda.
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Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Gripping, sobering, inspiring stuff.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
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."
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
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.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By John P. McCarthy
Ultimately rather opaque. It lacks sufficient emotional and psychological clarity to cut through our disaster fatigue.
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Time Out New York

By Nicolas Rapold
Documentarian Mark N. Hopkins gives us a mature look at the bracing yet very human personalities attracted to crisis.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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