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.
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|Rating:||R (for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use)|
|Directed By:||Jean-Marc Vallée|
|Written By:||Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack, Melissa Wallack, Melissa Wallack|
|In Theaters:||Nov 1, 2013 Limited|
|On DVD:||Feb 4, 2014|
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as Ron Woodruff
as Dr. Eve Sacks
as David Wayne
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 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
We shouldn't forget this is McConaughey's world. He remains a magnetic presence, his soft-spoken Southern drawl and slithery charm keeping you from fully despising this guy Woodroof.
This movie earns each and every one of your reactions because it brings forth honest characters in a true, captivating story.
The great thing about Dallas Buyers Club is that it proves someone can be kind of an ass and also a great man.
It follows the template of every Bill Murray slobs-vs.-snobs comedy from the '80s, except this time people are dying.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Dallas Buyers Club Quotes
|Ron Woodroof:||Congratulations... fuck off and go back to your bed.|
|Rayon:||You know what? You don't deserve my money, you homophobic asshole.|
|Ron Woodroof:||You enjoy your life, little lady. You only got one.|
|Rayon:||It won't even help me.|
|Dr. Eve Saks:||Doesn't mean I will stop trying.|
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