“This is an essential film, but it is also a terribly dispiriting one … This picture doesn’t offer hope; its aim is to compel us to create some.” — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“This is a 100-minute account of lives lived in hell, without proper medicine and housing, where a gathering of friends is considered a legitimate bombing target.” — Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

“The title of Feras Fayyad’s documentary Last Men in Aleppo suggests heroism and disaster, as befits its subject.” — Peter Keough, Boston Globe

“Feras Fayyad’s viscerally immediate, exquisitely realized portrait of the Syrian Civil Defense’s ‘White Helmet’ volunteers at the frontline of the conflict in Syria’s decimated capital … provides viewers with the most sensorily vivid and empathetic sense yet of how it feels to live (and die) through the carnage.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

“Frequently heartbreaking and hard to watch … the film demands to be reckoned with as a testament to the selflessness and courage of these literal life savers.” — Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter 

“A cool, objective film critic could complain that Last Men in Aleppo becomes repetitious, but it’s that repetition that eats into your mind and makes objectivity foolish.” — David Edelstein, Vulture

“[This film forms] a vital and necessary window into the prologue and ongoing horror of what the region continues to face.” — Steve Green, IndieWire

Last Men balances the visceral and the melancholy.” — Mark Jenkins, NPR

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