In the Same Breath (2021) - Rotten Tomatoes

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In the Same Breath (2021)



Critic Consensus: Gripping and clear-eyed, In the Same Breath captures history as it's being written -- and governmental failures as they amplify worldwide tragedy.

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IN THE SAME BREATH recounts the experiences of people on the ground in the earliest days of the novel coronavirus and the way two countries dealt with its initial spread, from the first days of the outbreak in Wuhan to its rampage across the United States. Directed with a deeply personal approach by Wang, who was born in China and now lives in the United States, the film explores the early confusion and parallel campaigns by authorities to try to contain the virus as well as shape the public narrative through misinformation, resulting in a devastating impact on citizens of both countries.


Critic Reviews for In the Same Breath

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15)

In some respects, In the Same Breath leaves behind as many questions as it answers, but the director's lens and those of her collaborators remain as unflinching as they are sobering.

August 18, 2021 | Full Review…
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This is a story that envelops all of us, and it is devastating.

August 17, 2021 | Full Review…

At the simplest level, the stories of trauma and loss told in "In the Same Breath" exist as a necessary corrective.

August 12, 2021 | Full Review…

An incisive exploration of how political narratives and public health collided in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, and still do.

August 12, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Wang Nanfu's extraordinary documentary sees contemporary political structures are as much of a disease as Covid-19, and, in the long run, the deadlier foes.

August 10, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Outstanding director Nanfu Wang was prescient enough to send a covert team of cameras into hospitals, homes, and morgues to capture the truth and anguish, then follow the virus-and the bungling cover-up-across the sea to America.

February 19, 2021 | Full Review…

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