Fire In The Blood Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 30, 2014
This infuriating documentary by Dylan Mohan Gray chronicles the long battle to make generic ARVs available to poor African countries, which big pharma resisted because cheap drugs would undermine their bloated pricing here in the U.S.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
January 14, 2014
"Fire" clearly and succinctly reports on efforts to circumvent drug patents and provide millions of Africans suffering from HIV with antiviral drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 13, 2013
By presenting facts without sensationalising the issue, this is a frightening depiction of the shocking disparity between the world's haves and have-nots, and also of the injustice created by unfettered capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 7, 2013
A powerful wake-up call. It will make your blood boil.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
Mark Bell
Film Threat
September 6, 2013
Watch the film if and when you can. Hopefully the information in this film will reach the masses and the disgust at the situation, still ongoing, will prompt true change.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
September 6, 2013
This virtuous stance is not unusual for issue-based documentaries, but a film with such illuminating content deserves a more artful vehicle for its moving message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
September 3, 2013
Only Gray's reliance on bland visuals and recourse to the conventional talking-heads docu-template dull the power of his imperative exposť.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
September 3, 2013
The film's sources maintain impressive composure in relating the repeated obstructions, sophistries, and obfuscations they faced, but their frustration is palpable.
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Guy Lodge
Variety
September 3, 2013
A basically constructed but rivetingly researched examination of the global fight for affordable antiretroviral therapy against Western pharamaceutical companies.
Mark Adams
Screen International
May 2, 2013
Fire In The Blood quite simply makes for stark, sobering, moving and ultimately shocking viewing.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
February 26, 2013
Only an unthinking monster could leave the cinema unmoved and unenlightened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 25, 2013
[An] insightful and quietly angry documentary about the way "Big Pharma" profiteering has been responsible for the preventable deaths of millions of impoverished people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 24, 2013
The film is a testament to human decency and a damning indictment of laissez-faire capitalism.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
February 22, 2013
It is the emphasis on cold, hard facts that makes Fire In The Blood so warmly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
February 21, 2013
The pharmaceutical giants make a horribly racist defence for their African misdemeanours in a solid piece of reportage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies
February 21, 2013
An illuminating angle on a forgotten crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
February 20, 2013
An enlightening film with plenty to say, though the voiceover is frustratingly monotonous and the score is quite flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 20, 2013
If the film sags a little under the weight of information, it never loses sight of the individual suffering and courage which makes the story so significant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 20, 2013
Showing a remarkably firm hand for a first-time director, Gray skilfully guides us through a sea of statistics concerning those dying from the disease and archive footage and recollections of the time, while building a cast-iron case against Big Pharma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
George Bass
Total Film
February 17, 2013
Gray's technique is effective, catching the moment one Indian scientist, Yusuf Hamied, stood up and got the moral ball rolling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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