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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
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: 70 out of 72
  2. Negative: 1 out of 72
  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. May 28, 2014
    9
    Definitely on my top 3 favorite movies of 2013. A great message that leaves you thinking of how everything becomes a product, even our ownDefinitely on my top 3 favorite movies of 2013. A great message that leaves you thinking of how everything becomes a product, even our own health, they don't care about our health, they only care about selling. Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey, even Jennifer Garner are amazing on their roles. Maybe it's tedious at some points, but, still one great movie. Expand
  4. Dec 5, 2013
    8
    I didn't expect this film to be this good. Jared Leto's best performance since Requiem. The message is awesome, the cast is awesome, go seeI didn't expect this film to be this good. Jared Leto's best performance since Requiem. The message is awesome, the cast is awesome, go see this movie!!! Expand
  5. Feb 4, 2014
    8
    Nel momento in cui più che una malattia l’AIDS sembrava un flagello divino, Ron Woodroof si scopre sieropositivo dopo un controllo di routine:Nel momento in cui più che una malattia l’AIDS sembrava un flagello divino, Ron Woodroof si scopre sieropositivo dopo un controllo di routine: un marchio difficile da portare per uno come lui, omofobo elettricista che partecipa ai rodei, vive in un piccolo mondo dalle vedute ristrette come le sue e ha con il sesso un rapporto di puro consumo. In ospedale gli danno trenta giorni e una medicina che lo fa stare peggio: Ron decide di reagire, va in Messico alla ricerca di una cura alternativa e, quando la trova, mette su un’importazione parallela (nonché illegale) per distribuirla ad altri nelle sue condizioni attraverso il club di cui al titolo, ingegnosa trovata per aggirare il divieto di vendita diretta. Ad aiutarlo c’è soprattutto il travestito Rayon, che gli allarga a dismisura la clientela, ma presto arriva il contrasto con la rigidità della medicina ufficiale e con le case farmaceutiche: una battaglia persa, ma, prima di morire ben sette anni dopo rispetto a quando gli era stato pronosticato, Ron riuscirà a ottenere, almeno in parte, ragione. E’ curioso che, anche adesso che la malattia è stata culturalmente metabolizzata, i film sull’AIDS continuino a essere assai rari: l’argomento sembra restare tabù e anche questa sceneggiatura di Craig Borten e Melisa Wallack ha fatto una gran fatica a venire alla luce. Il progetto, nato quando Woodroof era ancora vivo, è passato per tante mani ed è stato finalmente realizzato solo grazie al contributo di McConaughey e al contenimento dei costi: solo venticinque giorni di riprese (se non altro, i due protagonisti hanno così evitato di morire d’inedia) e attrezzature ridotte al minimo. Con queste ultime, il canadese Vallée firma un dramma classico in cui si narra la parabola di redenzione di un uomo ignobile che ha il coraggio di sfidare il destino e i mulini a vento (ovvero Big Pharma), superando al contempo i propri pregiudizi mentre mette in mostra un fino a quel momento sopito spirito imprenditoriale. Come si nota, tutta una serie di classici temi del cinema statunitense che vengono però raccontati con il piede ben piantato sul pedale del freno: i patetismi sono banditi in favore di uno sguardo molto naturalistico (magari un po’ aiutato dalla carenza di mezzi) che sembra ispirarsi a certe opere di Cassavetes. Il Texas che ne esce è un postaccio, dove lo squallore degli ambienti si somma alle ristrettezze mentali di chi ci vive senza alcun desiderio di allargare l’orizzonte: solo la malattia arriva a portare un sconvolgimento tale da far cadere le barriere, ma il prezzo è venire esclusi senza pietà dal proprio ambiente. Proprio per la capacità di narrare tale sconvolgimento, la prima parte del film si rivela più interessante della seconda, dove hanno il sopravvento le disavventure del protagonista con la DEA e con la giustizia del suo Paese diminuendo in qualche modo l’intensità della pellicola anche se l’impostazione visiva rimane coerente: si veda il tristissimo ristorante in cui Ron cena con la dottoressa Saks (Jennifer Garner), l’unica esponente della medicina ‘ufficiale’ che si degni di dargli ascolto. E’ probabile che gli dia ascolto anche perché, sotto i baffoni e dietro l’aspetto pelle e ossa ottenuto perdendo circa venti chili, c’è il fascino di Matthew McConaughey, la cui prova d’attore, con incluso tour de force fisico, è il vero valore aggiunto di ‘Dallas buyers club’ che, grazie a lui, passa da lavoro discreto a pellicola da vedere: l’immedesimazione è sia fisica sia psicologica per una recitazione che, come il film, riesce a trasmettere la carica emotiva pur sforzandosi di non mostrarla in modo palese. Accanto a lui, gli altri attori danno vita a onesti ruoli di supporto (anche Garner risulta sacrificata e non è particolarmente incisiva) con la sola eccezione di Jared Leto che – dopo una pausa di cinque anni – si toglie una decina di chili per incarnare un/una Rayon molto femminile: una bella prova solo messa un po’ in ombra da quella di McConaughey che magari fa un po’ la figura di quei chitarristi abbonati all’assolo che mettono in secondo piano il resto della band ma, tutto sommato, meriterebbe proprio l’Oscar. Expand
  6. Jul 20, 2014
    7
    Posee increíbles actuaciones por parte de McConnagan y Leto, con una historia cruda y verdadera, con un buen guión y maquillaje, pero para miPosee increíbles actuaciones por parte de McConnagan y Leto, con una historia cruda y verdadera, con un buen guión y maquillaje, pero para mi gusto pudo haber sido mejor. 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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