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Metascore

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88
A remarkable look at the people behind an organization that understands its limitations.
85
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.
80
Variety
With rare candor and a refreshing lack of piety, first-timers and combat-weary veterans exhibit their camaraderie, euphoria and burnout as the camera documents their struggles with logistics, horror, death and self-doubt.
80
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.
80
Wall Street Journal
Living in Emergency is anything but bleeding-heart propaganda.
80
The extent of the need around the world is so enormous and overwhelming that the efforts of the doctors in this sobering film seem both vitally necessary and woefully inadequate.
80
Los Angeles Times
Dynamic, informal and observant yet, while never grueling, it offers a constant provocative contrast between backgrounds of spectacular and beautiful natural scenery and primitive living conditions.
75
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."
70
Village Voice
The doctors' motivations remain somewhat enigmatic, even as the two veterans emerge as more fully drawn characters.
60
Documentarian Mark N. Hopkins gives us a mature look at the bracing yet very human personalities attracted to crisis.

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