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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 227
Fresh: 212 | Rotten: 15

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.

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 1

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.

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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

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Feb 4, 2014

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The AIDS epidemic was not a happy-ending story. But it was certainly a test of the human spirit. Ron Woodroof passed that test.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Just about everything is right with Dallas Buyers Club, beginning with Matthew McConaughey's literally transformative portrayal.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A solid biopic is made transcendent by McConaughey, who shed nearly 50 pounds and deserves to gain an Oscar for his ferocious, funny performance.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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One of the best films of the year.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Played with raw, rattling fury and grace by Matthew McConaughey, Woodroof is a tarnished protagonist of the first order.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A welcome addition to the queer movie canon.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
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.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Artforum
Artforum

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

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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.

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: The Virginian-Pilot
The Virginian-Pilot

"Surprisingly balanced, in terms of the way it treats its characters and concepts."

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinephiled
Cinephiled

Lightweight, but not trivial; funny, but not cheap; moving, but not pathetic.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

The movie isn't simply well acted or written; all of its observant qualities and pitch perfect performances are married to a tone and method that are courageous in conviction.

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Não é apenas um estudo de personagem, apresentando-se também como um retrato angustiante de uma época.

February 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Films can be lifted by their performances, just as careers can be resurrected by the embrace of difficult choices. Though grounded by a resonant real-life story of struggle and survival, Dallas Buyers Club offers an example of both.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

This incredible film charts one man's determination to stay alive against astounding odds and, most tantalisingly, supporting the very people that he despised.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Leto almost steals the show, while Jennifer Garner represents stability as the gutsy hospital medic in a film from director Jean-Marc Vallee that is well-paced, involving and thought-provoking.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

A powerfully moving film, and McConaughey's extraordinary physical transformation is much more than a stunt.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It's trying to explore a lot of angles and it does a good job, as opposed to a great job.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

An uplifting story of undying hope and unlikely heroism.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

It's really the performances that make this more than just a high-class disease-of-the-week effort.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

What makes the film so special is its sense of defiance and its scabrous humour.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

McConaughey is so charismatic that, as a simple one-man-against-the-odds drama, Dallas Buyers Club is consistently engaging; almost, despite Woodroof's intentions, inspirational.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Now, weight loss does not equal acting, but in this case it forms a central part of McConaughey's remarkable dedication to completely inhabiting this role.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Exceptionally well-written and directed, this tough, yet tender-hearted film doesn't take the easy road towards winning your full respect and fascination.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Let us praise, brothers and sisters, the era of the McConaisance.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Crikey

Audience Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club

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.
June 14, 2014
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Really good loosely based bio-drama. A good look at the early history of AIDS. Shocking to watch how Matthew, and Jared, transformed themselves to look so terribly sickly. It's a bit slow at first, but it then develops quickly into a very interesting story. A bit vulgar at times, and not for families. Matthew, and Jared, truly deserved their Oscars for these roles.
April 13, 2014
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

The performances in this movie are astonishingly good and absolutely worthy of the multiple Academy Awards bestowed upon them. Matthew McConaughey has completely changed my opinion of him the past two years. I used to think he was an overrated "star" who just did Hollywood garbage, but he has found quite the high quality independent film streak of late. It's nice to have Jared Leto back into acting as well. Always thought he was underrated. The movie itself is also absolutely worth a watch thanks to a compelling true story about the HIV/AIDS outbreak of the 1980's and a good portrait of the United States during that time. It is also a revealing look at just how bad the FDA was and continues to be at doing the right thing. The last act is probably the weakest just because we know where this is going, but Dallas Buyer's Club should be viewed by an serious film-goer.
April 1, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Alright, alright, alright..!!! Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto really did it! As an actor who never been talked about with their performance, what they achieve in this movie was a joyful experience since McConaughey definitely show a great improvement in his acting career while Leto stun me with his magnificent performance as a transgender and I really thought that he is a transgender if I never know him before.. The story itself is quite interesting, about breaking the law to help people.. Well, Ron is kinda modern day Robin Hood for me..
March 18, 2014
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    1. Rayon: I'm Rayon.
    2. Ron Woodroof: Congratulations... fuck off and go back to your bed.
    – Submitted by Andrea T (44 days ago)
    1. Rayon: You know what? You don't deserve my money, you homophobic asshole.
    – Submitted by Andrea T (44 days ago)
    1. Ron Woodroof: You enjoy your life, little lady. You only got one.
    – Submitted by Nick F (3 months ago)
    1. Rayon: It won't even help me.
    2. Dr. Eve Saks: Doesn't mean I will stop trying.
    – Submitted by Reza P (3 months ago)
    1. Rayon's Father: You've made a choice.
    2. Rayon: It's not a choice, Dad.
    – Submitted by Reza P (3 months ago)
    1. Ron Woodroof: Stop staring at her breast. You've started look normal.
    – Submitted by Reza P (3 months ago)
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