Dallas Buyers Club Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
October 30, 2013
This is all well-intentioned, but it's still obnoxious hokum, an important story so distilled and stripped of its essence that by the end, it's not about AIDS and the fight for new drugs at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tina Hassannia
Little White Lies
February 6, 2014
A calculated prestige picture that never bothers to ask broader questions about the AIDS epidemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
September 14, 2013
Despite its good intentions and moxie-filled performances, Dallas Buyers Club is ultimately marred by its impulse to compromise its freewheeling humanity in favor of crowd-pleasing tropes.
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
December 26, 2013
I'd have preferred it to just be more distinctive. Bolder. Scarier. Uglier. Queerer. I can see why it's not, though, which is probably more upsetting.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 8, 2013
An imperfect film that features some terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
December 29, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club (2013) is a movie you have to be grateful to Hollywood for making, but you still wish was a film made not by Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
September 13, 2013
The movie adds vulgar emotional sweetener. It's Erin Cockovich.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 20, 2013
The by-the-numbers narrative ultimately prevents the viewer from working up any real interest in or sympathy for the protagonist's exploits...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
December 13, 2013
It is everything cheap, shallow and pandering about American independent cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 31, 2013
The problem is that while Ron may not run out of steam, the film about him does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Melissa Anderson
Artforum
May 22, 2014
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.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
November 9, 2013
If it were a text, the film would be bolded, underlined and italicized.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
November 1, 2013
McConaughey delivers a fine performance in Dallas Buyers Club, but it's less impressive when you realize that the entire movie has been rigged in his favor.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 26, 2013
doesn't suffer much thinking-about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Prigge
Metro
November 14, 2013
Only the downer ending, which never gives [Ron] Woodroof a big moment of triumph, suggests it's more than a reducing of heady times into a slobs versus snobs battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Hilary A White
Irish Independent
February 21, 2014
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.
Laurence Phelan
Independent
February 14, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
February 6, 2014
It is fantastic and Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career. In fact, it may be the best performance of anyone's career. It'll blow your tiny minds. It blew my tiny mind.
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
February 12, 2014
It's impossible not to like and McConaughey's Ron is a compelling screen creation, a skinny, crazy zealot whose relentless energy seems to come from nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine
March 13, 2014
Lightweight, but not trivial; funny, but not cheap; moving, but not pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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