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  • Summary: Blood Brother is an intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who longed to find a family. He didn't know it, but this desire would lead him to an AIDS hostel in India, a place of unspeakable hardship, where he would find almost more love and need than he could bear.
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  1. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Oct 17, 2013
    90
    A stirring documentary directed with narrative depth and unguarded heart.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 7, 2013
    90
    Despite its ostensibly depressing subject and a few tough-to-watch sequences, Blood Brother is never less than engrossing, and it’s often delightful.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Oct 7, 2013
    80
    Addressing the heartrending issue of children living with HIV and AIDS is enormously complex, but Blood Brother accomplishes the challenge with sufficient grace and empathy to give hope to anyone concerned with this global affliction.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Dec 12, 2013
    75
    No doubt, Blood Brother is narrowly focused on Braat’s needs and evolution, but in contrast to social-issue films filled with talking-head experts and bullet-point graphs, this is a portrait of a caregiver that goes to the core of motivation – in this case, the need to share love.
  5. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 24, 2013
    70
    Hoover's stubbornly ground-level perspective renders the documentary's lack of context about HIV in India...rather frustrating. But Blood Brother feels important anyway, not so much as a snapshot of one volunteer but for its passionate portrayal of the curative powers of love.
  6. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Oct 14, 2013
    50
    Rocky's journey of self-realization undoubtedly has a universal resonance to it that intermittently yields poignant and inspiring moments. But where are the poor Indian kids in all of this?
  7. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Oct 15, 2013
    40
    There are undoubtedly several moving moments in the film, and the kids are gorgeous and heartbreaking, but none of that is strong enough to balance Braat's galling and enabled narcissism, which pervades the film.
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