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  • Summary: An intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice, Fire In the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Sep 3, 2013
    90
    While it's hardly a joy to watch, Fire in the Blood is artful in nearly every frame, perhaps so we don't avert our eyes.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 5, 2013
    90
    I hope viewers don’t come away from this essential documentary with the belief that Western AIDS activists in general turned their backs on poor black people just as soon as they got medicine that worked. That isn’t remotely fair. Blame for the African AIDS holocaust falls on the Big Pharma companies who put patents and profits ahead of human life, and on all of us who let them get away with it.
  3. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 6, 2013
    90
    Though the film comprehensively details the political and economic subtleties of what it declares “the crime of the century,” its narrative remains primarily a human-focused one, highlighting the stories of selected steadfast victims, as well as the heroic movers and shakers in the struggle.
  4. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Sep 5, 2013
    70
    This virtuous stance is not unusual for issue-based documentaries, but a film with such illuminating content deserves a more artful vehicle for its moving message.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 12, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, Dylan Mohan Gray's slow and steady exposé never quite manages the propulsive gut punch its incendiary subject demands.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 3, 2013
    60
    The film strikes the right balance of outrage, hopefulness and despair, compellingly arguing the case that a profit-driven, racially motivated collusion exists between Big Pharma and the U.S. government.
  7. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Sep 4, 2013
    25
    It produces a collection of one-dimensional facts strung together with an utmost respect for chronology and documentary-making's most stale conventions.

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