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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)



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 from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts - who he once would have shunned - and established a hugely successful "buyers' club." Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. (c) Focus Featuresmore
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, Melissa Wallack
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2014
Box Office: $27.3M
Focus Features - Official Site


Matthew McConaughey
as Ron Woodruff
Jennifer Garner
as Dr. Eve Sacks
Dallas Roberts
as David Wayne
Steve Zahn
as Tucker
Griffin Dunne
as Dr. Vass
Denis O'Hare
as Dr. Sevard
Michael O'Neill
as Richard Barkley
Donna DuPlantier
as Nurse Frazin
James DuMont
as Rayon's Father
Jane McNeill
as Francine Suskind
Don Brady
as Tucker's Father
Matthew Thompson
as Effeminate Man
Sean Boyd
as Border Agent
Rachel Wulff
as News Anchor
Neeona Neal
as Stripper
Scott Takeda
as Mr. Yamata
Joji Yoshida
as Dr. Hiroshi
Carl Palmer
as FDA Customs Agent
Craig Borten
as Quicksilver Cowboy
Arthur Smith
as Rodeo Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (47)

This movie earns each and every one of your reactions because it brings forth honest characters in a true, captivating story.

Full Review… | July 20, 2015
The Young Folks

The great thing about Dallas Buyers Club is that it proves someone can be kind of an ass and also a great man.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

It follows the template of every Bill Murray slobs-vs.-snobs comedy from the '80s, except this time people are dying.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Philadelphia City Paper

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

Audience Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club


"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


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!

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer


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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