Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance.


Movie Info

Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments … More

Rating: R (for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack, Melissa Wallack
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2014
Box Office: $27.3M
Runtime:
Focus Features - Official Site

Cast


as Ron Woodruff

as Dr. Eve Sacks

as David Wayne

as Tucker

as Dr. Vass

as Dr. Sevard

as Richard Barkley

as Nurse Frazin

as Rayon's Father

as Francine Suskind

as Tucker's Father

as Effeminate Man

as Border Agent

as News Anchor

as Stripper

as Mr. Yamata

as Dr. Hiroshi

as FDA Customs Agent

as Quicksilver Cowboy

as Rodeo Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (47)

Hollywood is mourning the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but fear not... others will be waiting in the wings to grab their chance. Matthew McConaughey has even come back to replace himself!

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

A still very relevant exploration of an epidemic that's taken far too many.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
Cinema Crazed

A welcome addition to the queer movie canon.

Full Review… | June 28, 2014
Windy City Times

Despite the cadaverous appearance of its lead actor, Dallas Buyers Club wants to be pretty, too, presenting a tidy, uplifting history of the years when unconscionable inaction and prejudice toward those with AIDS were a matter of federal policy.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
Artforum

Who cares about the issues when you have unforgettable characters like these?

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Movie Habit

Dallas Buyers Club is an example of American enterprise in an era in which the quality is perhaps not as evident as in the past.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot

Audience Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club

½

"Dallas Buyers Club" presents some fundamental questions concerning the purpose of law and the practice of medicine, though it paints with the limited colors offered by our libertarian protagonist. You wouldn't know it from the movie, but the FDA worked compassionately with the HIV community in the first decade, bending the rules by allowing buyers clubs to exist and giving otherwise terminally ill people a chance to fight nearly however they wanted (there were no government raids that the movie depicts) while the health industry worked to figure out a treatment with proper science. The movie also doesn't reveal that the Dallas club was considered too experimental by some of the other eight clubs; any whiff from around the world of a chemical with a possible positive effect and it would be made accessible by Ron Woodroof, who offered 130 different drugs unapproved by the FDA. Sadly, the film places ill motivations on behalf of the government and healthcare community in regards to the lack of treatment options. But rather than malice, we were dealing with ignorance. This was a brand new disease with about a 100% death rate, and both the FDA and doctors were rushing to treat the infected with any potential treatments they responsibly could. The problem for all involved boils down to a lack of data and the wide variations of analysis of what little data there was.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

½

Once it gets going, it's really great. Matthew McConaughey makes a transformation that rivals the levels of Christian Bale, and Jared Leto steals it when he shows up. Check it out before the Oscars!

flutieman07
Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

½

An intriguing, grimy story based on true events concerning a skinny Texas rodeo cowboy (Matthew McConaughey) who contracts the AIDS virus in the late 80's and is given a 30-day life sentence. Determined to not go down without a fight, he starts to push drugs across the border with the help of a transsexual (Jared Leto), who is well known within the AIDS community. There are scenes in which Hollywood threatens to tear this film apart with grandiose preachy statements, but ultimately this film remains even-keeled and interesting throughout its entirety despite these occasional lapses. The acting across the board is phenomenal, especially the two leads. The movie never reaches the greatness it is reaching for, but it is still a solid picture detailing an unfortunate subject.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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