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Blood Brother

Blood Brother (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Blood Brother is the story of a group of children infected with HIV and Rocky Braat, a disenchanted young American that met them while drifting through India. They were left on the doorstep of a slum orphanage by their families: he had bounced between parents and jobs his whole life. He wanted to adopt them all, but in reality, he couldn't cure even one of them. He had to stay. Today, he lives in a concrete hut a few hundred yards from the orphanage. Every day he encounters the bitter reality of

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In contrast to social-issue films filled with talking-head experts and bullet-point graphs, this is a portrait of a caregiver that goes to the core of motivation -- in this case, the need to share love.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Blood Brother is about as well-meaning as a doc can be, yet its humanitarian message is often tainted by the ceaseless demands for attention stemming from the fragile ego of its subject, rootless young American Rocky Braat.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A deeply affecting psychological portrait of a young do-gooder as he adapts to the regularity of tragedy in his new life.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Love is making someone who is sad feel happy," one girl says, answering an interviewer's question. "Blood Brother" showed me that love. I doubt I'll be the only one.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Braat's galling and enabled narcissism ... pervades the film.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Documentaries don't come any bigger-hearted than Blood Brother.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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A documentary with an originally structured first-person narrative. But it is still insufficiently directed, and some of what it omits makes it seem suspect.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Nonfics

For all their carefully performed camera-awareness, the film is also strikingly precious, seemingly utterly unaware of the clichés it's using.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Braat is clearly adored by the children. "It took some time to train my mind" to see past their disease, he admits. But he's clearly found his home.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Grid
The Grid

Blood Brother is an uneasy marriage between idealism and vanity.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
tonymacklin.net

Braat's choices remain a mystery throughout, something that adds to the appeal of this unusual documentary.

November 24, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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There is a tension created by the film as we have to wrestle with our own cynicism about people who make grand sacrifices, their reasons for making them, and the ways in which others tell their stories.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

If you're thinking you don't want to see another AIDS documentary, please keep in mind that this isn't anything harrowing or self-important. It's really Rocky's story, and it's a truly amazing story of selflessness and heroism.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

What starts out as a profile of filmmaker Hoover's best pal turns into a remarkable journey into the human soul.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Too often it places Rocky's need for approval in the spotlight instead of the children whose lives are at risk every day.

November 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Beautiful. John Pope's sun-dappled cinematography, like (subject Rocky) Braat himself, strives to find the loveliness in their impoverished surroundings.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

It's clear that both Rocky and Hoover have been greatly changed by their experiences; what's more surprising is how effective Blood Brother is at moving the audience as well.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie City News
Movie City News

Rocky's journey of self-realization undoubtedly has a universal resonance to it that intermittently yields poignant and inspiring moments. But where are the poor Indian kids in all of this?

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The incredibly emotional footage shot over a five year period is by turns shocking, moving and heartbreaking.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
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