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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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  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: 74 out of 76
  2. Negative: 1 out of 76
  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. Jan 28, 2015
    9
    Great acting, great scary story. Wonder if its stille the same with the industri deciding which drugs that Work and not... probably. Both LetoGreat acting, great scary story. Wonder if its stille the same with the industri deciding which drugs that Work and not... probably. Both Leto and McC does an amazing job. Just the fysical apperance is oscarworthy. Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2013
    8
    Matthew McConaughey is nearly unrecognizable as Ron Woodroof, a man who contracts AIDS during the beginnings of the crisis in the 1980s. HeMatthew McConaughey is nearly unrecognizable as Ron Woodroof, a man who contracts AIDS during the beginnings of the crisis in the 1980s. He is straight, and homophobic, and when he first learns he has contracted the disease he sets off to Mexico to get medication that is not available in the U.S. I think at first his intention was to make money selling the drugs in the U.S., but when he meets the gay people in the same predicament as he is he becomes compassionate and comes to the realization that gay people are the same as any other people. Its a movie about tolerance, acceptance, and the fact that our FDA is more concerned with profit than helping people recover. McConaughey lost a lot of weight for the role and gives a great performance. Jared Leto is also in top form as a transsexual who partners with Ron to sell the drugs to the gay community. Overall a very moving film with great performances. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2014
    8
    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this film and I am still not exactly sure what I think of it, but what I am certain is that MatthewI wasn’t sure what to expect from this film and I am still not exactly sure what I think of it, but what I am certain is that Matthew McConaughey’s performance deserves great respect and admiration. Any doubts of him as a truly impressive actor should be thrown off the prescription; I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take home an Oscar alongside his Golden Globe for best actor in a drama.

    And a drama it surely is, with McConaughey’s character Ron Woodruff prancing about like a scandal before being diagnosed with “full blown” AIDS. His journey to overcome this diagnosis is what makes this film so remarkable; his character fights with enormous passion and determination to turn his life around and the lives of thousands of others. Woodruff is a skinny, tiresome and dopey character, McConaughey shed 38 pounds and it shows, one is reminded of Christian Bale’s frightening bodily transition in Brad Anderson’s The Machinist. A stand of ovation for the man.

    Jean-Marc Vallée directs the picture following the success off the back of his critically acclaimed Café de Flore in 2012 and The Young Victoria in 2009. Vallée works odysseys of magical proportions, his characters are mystical in their ways yet frighteningly grounded with realistic human behaviour. He is a director to definitely watch out for, and no doubt he has plenty more breath-taking dramas waiting to elope the screen.
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  6. Nov 13, 2014
    7
    "Dallas Buyers Club" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Extremely interesting story that makes for a good film. McConaughey and
    "Dallas Buyers Club" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Extremely interesting story that makes for a good film. McConaughey and Jared Leto deserved the accolades that they received as they were both amazing. Leto was especially great and he is settling into being quite the character actor.

    The Bad: A little overrated as I don't feel that the film itself deserved a Best Picture nomination. It relies almost TOO much on McConaughey and drags on at times. It almost feels like there wasn't quite enough source material to make a two hour film.
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  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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