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  • Summary: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1985 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the FDA approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brinkLoosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1985 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the FDA approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death. To survive, he smuggled non-toxic, anti-viral medications from all over the world yet still illegal in the U.S. Other AIDS patients sought out his medications forgoing hospitals, doctors and AZT. With the help of his doctor, Eve Saks and a fellow patient, Rayon, Ron unintentionally created the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of dozens which would form around the country, providing its paying members with these alternative treatments. The clubs, growing in numbers and clientele, were brought to the attention of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies which waged an all out war on Ron. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 47
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 47
  3. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. 100
    Dallas Buyers Club is one of the best pictures of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 14, 2013
    100
    The film manages to educate without ever feeling didactic, and to entertain in the face of what would, to any other character, seem like a grim life sentence.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Sep 14, 2013
    90
    This is a bold, drastic and utterly persuasive inhabiting of a doomed fighter by a performer who has graduated from the shirtless rom-com Romeo of the last decade to indie-film actor du jour.
  4. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Oct 29, 2013
    80
    It’s a formulaic story that takes full advantage of these broad, familiar formulas to win viewers, but finds enough unique detail to retain its own identity.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Get this — Matthew McConaughey is currently the most exciting acting talent at work in movies. Next up, the simple business of a Christopher Nolan.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nov 13, 2013
    78
    Dallas Buyers Club is an indelible story about one man’s unwillingness to go gently into that good night, and the personal growth he experiences along the way.
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Oct 25, 2013
    63
    Conventional but never sanctimonious, it balances out its familiar recovery angle with a healthy measure of sardonic wit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 78
  2. Negative: 1 out of 78
  1. Mar 13, 2014
    10
    Excellent movie and great acting. My pick for best movie. You feel the challenges of a life or death situation in face of governmentExcellent movie and great acting. My pick for best movie. You feel the challenges of a life or death situation in face of government bureaucracy and what courage is all about. Recommend for young adults and older. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2014
    10
    “Dallas Buyers Club” is a dramatic story that reflects the era of fear and loathing during the AIDS epidemic in the 80s that really shows off“Dallas Buyers Club” is a dramatic story that reflects the era of fear and loathing during the AIDS epidemic in the 80s that really shows off the true talent that Matthew McConaughey is capable of. The film does a great job of showing the inner turmoil and steel-hard determination that McConaughey’s character is going through and his desire to set up an organization to help those suffer with HIV and AIDS the way he is but it’s the performances from McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto that really make it come to life. It’s emotional, powerful and all those other buzz words that you see on the Blu-Ray and it is really worthy of all that praise. It’s just an all-around strong movie with a great, interesting and intense story and fantastic performances. Expand
  3. Apr 20, 2015
    9
    5/5★ Mathew McConaughey owns Dallas Buyers Club. I didn't know he could give such an incredible performance. He brought Ron Woodroof to life,5/5★ Mathew McConaughey owns Dallas Buyers Club. I didn't know he could give such an incredible performance. He brought Ron Woodroof to life, fully inhabits the character, and humanized the AIDS epidemic of the 80's, the fear and uncertainty surrounding the disease and those living with it. There is a tragic aspect to the film, because we as the viewers know that there is no cure and the Woodroof is desperately scrambling to find something that at most will let him live a little longer, and do something that will give him back a little human dignity.
    In any other film Jared Letos' Rayon would have stolen the show. He is unrecognizable and completely committed to the role.
    Dallas Buyers Club does not ask for pity but demands attention and understanding for what was and continues to be a serious issue.
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  4. Jan 4, 2014
    8
    Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto give fabulous performances in this strong film about a man trying to fight against an authority while alsoMatthew McConaughey and Jared Leto give fabulous performances in this strong film about a man trying to fight against an authority while also learning to become a more respectable human being. A- Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2014
    8
    I never thought I would be spending the weekend huddled up watching Matthew McConaughey, but I am glad the guy has found his stride. I wentI never thought I would be spending the weekend huddled up watching Matthew McConaughey, but I am glad the guy has found his stride. I went into the movie without any prior knowledge, so I felt a bit sheepish when I realized this was an adaptation of actual events. That being said, apparently Woodroof's portrayal was a bit more brusque and homophobic than he actually was, but the producers made good use of their creative license. Expand
  6. Nov 25, 2013
    7
    This is loosely-based on a Texas electrician/rodeo rider (Matthew McConaughey) who contracted AIDS in the mid-80s and struggled to smuggleThis is loosely-based on a Texas electrician/rodeo rider (Matthew McConaughey) who contracted AIDS in the mid-80s and struggled to smuggle alternative treatments for fighting his and many others' illness. In setting up his "club," his homophobia is challenged when he partners with a trans character (Jared Leto). The story unfolds at a steady pace, but it's really about the two leads. McConaughey imbues his character with much of the swagger typical of his personality, but manages to show emotion once or twice. It's Leto who completely transforms himself into a sweet, sensitive woman and creates the film's most poignant peaks. The movie is a bit too long and repetitive in the setbacks, but it still manages to tell the story effectively with award-potential performances. Expand
  7. Sep 17, 2014
    0
    So, this movie was a great hit for Hollywood. That's the biz they are in. getting people to the theater. The issue comes in when the publicSo, this movie was a great hit for Hollywood. That's the biz they are in. getting people to the theater. The issue comes in when the public believes this movie was real. or the public begins to "relate" to it and react because of it. Now, on some levels it was a good scary live right movie or you will die. Good stuff; BUT, now it had almost nothing to do with the real AIDS campaign. Sure, they made sure to drop a few key words to wet ones appetite, BUT, it still sent the following false messages: a.) Some big things aren't about money. b.) Everything IS about money. c.) Aids was a big deal in places other than San Francisco. d.) People can have heart attacks and walk out of a hospital 30 minutes later just fine, (if your matt m. famous movie actor). 4.) An average person can treat legal, law enforcement, and medical folks violently and not be put in jail, or brought up on charges. If I shot a shotgun at a door anywhere, there would be cops there in 3 minutes. So, what now? On to the good stuff. The acting was marginal and seemed fake and felt like they were reading the script in rehearsal. Am I jealous of what these actors get paid to do this stuff? Your dam right I am. Do I believe that anyone with "talent" can "make it" if they try really hard? No I don't. Can they cut the scenes any shorter? More later. Expand

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