Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 47 Critics

Critic 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: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 7, 2013
    100
    Vallée, working with a lean, lively script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, neatly avoids excess, letting Woodroof’s terrific yarn stand on its own and getting out of the way of his extraordinary actors, who channel the story without condescension or manipulative cheats.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 31, 2013
    100
    Despite its clichéd elements, Dallas Buyers Club is a fierce celebration of the unpredictable power that belongs to the outcast, the despised, the pariah. That’s not a story of the ‘80s, it’s a story of always.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 29, 2013
    100
    Dallas Buyers Club represents the best of what independent film on a limited budget can achieve — powerful, enlightening and not to be missed.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Oct 29, 2013
    100
    What's remarkable about Dallas Buyers Club is its lack of sentimentality. The movie, like its star, is all angles and elbows, earning its emotion through sheer pragmatism.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 6, 2013
    91
    It wouldn’t be surprising to hear about moviegoers demanding their money back after seeing The Dallas Buyers Club, but not because the film isn’t good. It’s actually very nearly great.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 8, 2013
    90
    Jean-Marc Vallee’s film is anything but standard, thanks to an astonishing performance by Matthew McConaughey.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 31, 2013
    90
    This classic tale of a little guy taking on giants benefits from being essentially true, and from accomplished filmmaking, but most of all from the beautiful vitality of Mr. McConaughey's performance.
  10. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Oct 31, 2013
    90
    As the real-life Ronald Woodroof, he (Mcconaughey) does work that is pretty much astounding. [4 Nov. 2013, p.116]
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 14, 2013
    90
    What distinguishes Borten and Wallack’s screenplay is its refusal to sentimentalize by providing humbling epiphanies to set Ron on the right path and endow him with empathy.
  13. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 15, 2013
    88
    McConaughey's performance isn't just about the weight loss. It's about gaining compassion, even wisdom, and it's awesome.
  14. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Nov 14, 2013
    88
    At once a fascinating character study and a scathing indictment of the role of the medical-pharmaceutical complex in exacerbating the AIDS crisis, the fact-based Dallas Buyers Club is one of the best films of the year.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 8, 2013
    88
    Thanks to the superb screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and the brilliant, brave performances by the cast, Dallas Buyers Club gets just about everything right, save for a few over-the-top scenes that hammer home points that have already been made.
  16. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 31, 2013
    88
    It’s a remarkable story, vividly and urgently told by French-Canadian director Vallée (“The Young Victoria”) from a pointed, schmaltz-free script by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 31, 2013
    88
    McConaughey makes sure we feel his tenacity and triumphs in the treatment of AIDS. His explosive, unerring portrayal defines what makes an actor great, blazing commitment to a character and the range to make every nuance felt.
  18. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Nov 1, 2013
    85
    McConaughey's flirty drawl and rowdy energy have never been put to better dramatic use than they are in Dallas Buyers Club.
  19. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 14, 2013
    85
    It’s all about the performances. McConaughey and Leto don’t just give voice to the disenfranchised of the 1980s, but all people suddenly faced with impossible challenges.
  20. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Nov 21, 2013
    83
    If we admire anything about him, it’s entrepreneurship; there’s something uniquely American about a guy outrunning his own death by turning suffering into profit. And as a judge asks, why shouldn’t a dying man be allowed to try any remedy for his disease?
  21. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 20, 2013
    83
    Director Jean-Marc Vallee dutifully progresses from one obvious scene to the next. Solid work but unspectacular, perhaps figuring the boldness of his characters' words and actions can be artistic enough. And it is, in the hands of a temporarily reformed sex symbol and his unexpected leading lady.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 1, 2013
    83
    The real halo here belongs to McConaughey. He does justice to Ron’s story and to his own quicksilver talent.
  23. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Feb 10, 2014
    80
    If not wholly convincing as an ‘issues’ movie, this memoir is a triumph as an actors’ showcase; with McConaughey and Leto giving the performances of their careers.
  24. 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.
  25. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 22, 2013
    80
    McConaughey and Leto's performances are also the saviors of Vallee's film, which has a way of belaboring certain points and, in the process, robbing his film of no small amount of momentum.
  26. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Nov 1, 2013
    80
    This is a movie that traffics in deep hindbrain emotions: fear and rage and lust and, above all, the pure animal drive to go on living.
  27. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 31, 2013
    80
    If Woodroof is the movie’s guts, Rayon is its heart, and Leto (TV’s “My So-Called Life,” “Alexander”) is stunningly perfect, even when the story veers ever so slightly into expected territory.
  28. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 31, 2013
    80
    Even with some flaws and flailing, Dallas Buyers Club is a rough, raw, ragged and exhilarating ride.
  29. 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.
  30. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 29, 2013
    80
    Only 20 minutes in and you’re not going to think of another lead who could pull off this kind of reckoning — tangy, furious and about to become whip-smart.
  31. 80
    Despite its downbeat context (a plague at its height), the movie is a crowd-­pleaser — graceful and funny enough to distract you from its gaps and elisions.
  32. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Sep 14, 2013
    80
    At just under two hours, it's a little long, but the blend of biting character study and campaigning pharmaceutical docudrama is zesty and memorable.
  33. Reviewed by: Paul MacInnes
    Sep 14, 2013
    80
    [McConaughey] delivers a twitchy, hostile performance on par with anything he's done since he escaped the rom com cul-de-sac.
  34. 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.
  35. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 14, 2013
    75
    This is a straight-up portrait of a man who figured out a way to cling to life longer than anyone expected and, in the process, learned to let the world in.
  36. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 7, 2013
    75
    The limits of Dallas Buyers Club are the limits most true stories come up against, which are the facts. A good story lands and reverberates. In real life, stories have a way of just stopping and leaving you a bit unsatisfied. The latter is what happens in this movie, but perhaps that couldn't be avoided.
  37. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 7, 2013
    75
    Regardless of who sees or doesn't see Dallas Buyers Club, however, the movie does what it sets out to do by providing a striking portrait of a remarkable character and offering a history lesson to those too young to remember how things were for AIDS sufferers during the dark ages of the 1980s.
  38. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 7, 2013
    75
    By the end of this sincerely calculated, always watchable movie, everything has burned away but the fury, including whatever you may think or have thought about the actor you’re looking at. That’s how good the performance is.
  39. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 7, 2013
    75
    McConaughey is first-rate throughout, on top of every dramatic and blackly comic situation, even when the character isn't on top of anything.
  40. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Nov 1, 2013
    75
    If Dallas Buyers Club falls somewhat short in the categories of historical chronicle, emotional wallop, and information delivery, its conscientious attempts to portray a group of people in trouble in a troubled time delivers mini-epiphanies in a series of small doses. And that isn't nothing.
  41. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 31, 2013
    75
    Through its detailed depiction of the lead character and McConaughey's outstanding portrayal, Dallas Buyers Club enlightens compellingly without sermonizing.
  42. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 30, 2013
    75
    There’s something undeniably affecting about that trajectory, which allows McConaughey to turn his character into an empathetic figure — one whose prejudice fades as his fighting spirit intensifies — without sacrificing his rapscallion spirit. He’s the same loudmouthed macho braggart at the end of the movie than he was at the beginning, but now he’s a loudmouthed macho braggart with purpose.
  43. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Oct 30, 2013
    75
    It's been 20 years since Tom Hanks put a movie star's face on the AIDS crisis in "Philadelphia." Since then, Hollywood has largely ignored one of the most tragic chapters of the 20th century. Considering that track record, even a movie as imperfect as Dallas Buyers Club is something worth celebrating.
  44. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 14, 2013
    75
    The narrative only really stumbles because its tone never manages to convince on the level that McConaughey's performance eventually does. With its subdued approach, Dallas Buyers Club stops just short of an emotional payoff.
  45. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 14, 2013
    75
    Despite the fine performances from McConaughey and Leto, tightly coiled editing that keeps the story moving and a nicely measured balance between drama and comedy (McConaughey is often a hoot), Dallas Buyers Club still sometimes feels like it's missing one more grace note.
  46. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 31, 2013
    70
    There is warmth and intelligence here, and undeniable sincerity, but also a determination, in the face of much painful and fascinating history, to play it safe.
  47. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 333 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Nov 11, 2013
    5
    Despite all the effort and talent on display, DALLAS BUYER'S CLUB is surprisingly ineffectual. It doesn't really tell us anything we don't already know and it's questions never go beyond the obvious. This is basically a good TV movie of the week. A serious issue film that used to air on HBO Saturday evenings. Now Lifetime would pick it up. Jared Leto however is quite a revelation, but he even is forced to come and go as the plot points desire. If you've seen the trailer for DALLAS BUYER'S CLUB, you've seen the movie... and in fact... the trailer is better! Much better. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2013
    9
    This is the movie you see about a week or two after seeing "How to Survive a Plague", which comprehensively details the political/movement details underpinning this excellent story. McConaughey is outstanding, but I want to make sure and mention that Jennifer Garner is fantastic in a supporting role. She is so much better in subtle, compassionate roles, as opposed to the caricature stuff she often plays, such as her role in "Butter." I also hope that Jared Leto is recognized for such a daring portrayal. Even though the topic is extraordinarily emotional and heavy, the movie is not difficult to endure. It's a hopeful tale one that I recommend. Full Review »
  3. 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 government bureaucracy and what courage is all about. Recommend for young adults and older. Full Review »