5B Reviews

March 31, 2020
A beautiful portrait of the men and women who refused to sit quietly while hundreds suffered.
December 30, 2019
You won't need a medical education to appreciate this film but it never patronise its audience, explaining hospital protocols in a matter of fact way as it explores the issues.
October 1, 2019
Depressing, infuriating, and necessary... It ties it all together in a very moving package.
September 7, 2019
[A] quietly searing documentary...
September 7, 2019
Its simplicity is in service of its effectiveness.
June 28, 2019
The filmmakers build suspense with colorful footage of the city in the 1970s, when being gay was (newly) not only publicly possible and permissible but even celebrated.
June 21, 2019
...we find a new slate of heroes properly recognized for the very first time.
June 18, 2019
Directors Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss deserve commendations of their own for ensuring this tale of unprecedented kindness in the face of unspeakable tragedy doesn't fade away into history.
June 15, 2019
"5B" is a necessary film, even if you thought you were infinitely familiar with the mistakes of the past.
June 14, 2019
Hospital Ward '5B' is a heartbreaking and inspirational destination
June 14, 2019
By keeping the focus on the patients and their heroic caretakers rather than bogging down in sociopolitical context, it offers a poignant - if marginally heavy-handed - perspective on courage and compassion.
June 13, 2019
Directors Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss have made, above all else, an astonishingly humane film.
June 13, 2019
"5B" proves as inspiring as it does unsettling with its heroic stories of the hospital staffers and allies who fought ignorance, fear, bigotry and political wrangling to protect the rights and integrity of AIDS patients.
June 12, 2019
"5B" is ultimately about survival, and the struggle at its center is undeniably a heartbreaking one.
June 12, 2019
This is an aspect of San Francisco cultural history and American medical history that deserves to be known.
June 7, 2019
The frequent sight of someone in his or her 60s or 70s juxtaposed with that of the same person 35 years ago is time-machine startling - and time-machine effective.
June 6, 2019
This documentary is ultimately life-affirming, showing the resilience of these unsung heroes committed to both a cause and a community - and their efforts to maintain dignity and care above all.
May 19, 2019
A moving study in courage and compassion, albeit with some heavy-handed touches.
Top Critic
May 18, 2019
It's conventional, occasionally maudlin docmaking that nonetheless grips the heart exactly when it needs to.