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Blood Brother Reviews

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Chris Knight
National Post

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.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 13, 2013
Jason Anderson
The Grid

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.

Full Review Source: The Grid | Original Score: 8/10

December 13, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2013
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

Blood Brother is an uneasy marriage between idealism and vanity.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.0/5

November 26, 2013
Louis Proyect
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Braat's choices remain a mystery throughout, something that adds to the appeal of this unusual documentary.

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November 24, 2013
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today

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.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 3/4

November 13, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 11, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 5/5

November 11, 2013
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

October 25, 2013
Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 24, 2013
David DeWitt
New York 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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2013
Kim Voynar
Movie City News

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.

Full Review Source: Movie City News

October 16, 2013
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon

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

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 5/5

June 6, 2013
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Documentaries don't come any bigger-hearted than Blood Brother.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 6, 2013
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Uncompromising and enormously life-affirming, this is sure to be one of the year's must-see documentaries.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2013
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

An affecting, unusual and intensely personal film, although it works more effectively on an emotional level than a fact-disseminating one.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2013
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Addressing the heartrending issue of children living with HIV and AIDS is enormously complex, but Blood Brother accomplishes the challenge with sufficient grace and empathy to give hope to anyone concerned with this global affliction.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 23, 2013

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.

Full Review Source: Nonfics | Original Score: 2/5

May 30, 2014
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 5/10

January 22, 2014
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 12, 2013
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