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Blood Brother Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 22, 2016
A big part of Blood Brother's success lies in the personal connection between filmmaker and subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Knight
National Post
December 13, 2013
Braat is clearly adored by the children. "It took some time to train my mind" to see past their disease, he admits. But he's clearly found his home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Anderson
The Grid
December 13, 2013
In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 13, 2013
In contrast to social-issue films filled with talking-head experts and bullet-point graphs, this is a portrait of a caregiver that goes to the core of motivation -- in this case, the need to share love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Macklin
November 26, 2013
Blood Brother is an uneasy marriage between idealism and vanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Louis Proyect
November 24, 2013
Braat's choices remain a mystery throughout, something that adds to the appeal of this unusual documentary.
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
November 13, 2013
There is a tension created by the film as we have to wrestle with our own cynicism about people who make grand sacrifices, their reasons for making them, and the ways in which others tell their stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 11, 2013
If you're thinking you don't want to see another AIDS documentary, please keep in mind that this isn't anything harrowing or self-important. It's really Rocky's story, and it's a truly amazing story of selflessness and heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 11, 2013
What starts out as a profile of filmmaker Hoover's best pal turns into a remarkable journey into the human soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 25, 2013
Beautiful. John Pope's sun-dappled cinematography, like (subject Rocky) Braat himself, strives to find the loveliness in their impoverished surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2013
A deeply affecting psychological portrait of a young do-gooder as he adapts to the regularity of tragedy in his new life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David DeWitt
New York Times
October 17, 2013
"Love is making someone who is sad feel happy," one girl says, answering an interviewer's question. "Blood Brother" showed me that love. I doubt I'll be the only one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Voynar
Movie City News
October 16, 2013
It's clear that both Rocky and Hoover have been greatly changed by their experiences; what's more surprising is how effective Blood Brother is at moving the audience as well.
Jennifer Tate
June 6, 2013
The incredibly emotional footage shot over a five year period is by turns shocking, moving and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dennis Harvey
June 6, 2013
Documentaries don't come any bigger-hearted than Blood Brother.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 24, 2013
Uncompromising and enormously life-affirming, this is sure to be one of the year's must-see documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 8, 2013
An affecting, unusual and intensely personal film, although it works more effectively on an emotional level than a fact-disseminating one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2013
Addressing the heartrending issue of children living with HIV and AIDS is enormously complex, but Blood Brother accomplishes the challenge with sufficient grace and empathy to give hope to anyone concerned with this global affliction.
May 30, 2014
A documentary with an originally structured first-person narrative. But it is still insufficiently directed, and some of what it omits makes it seem suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
January 22, 2014
For all their carefully performed camera-awareness, the film is also strikingly precious, seemingly utterly unaware of the clichés it's using.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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