Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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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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Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts - who he once would have shunned - and established a hugely successful "buyers' club." Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. (c) Focus Features
Rating:
R (for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Matthew McConaughey
as Ron Woodruff
Jared Leto
as Rayon
Jennifer Garner
as Dr. Eve Sacks
Dallas Roberts
as David Wayne
Steve Zahn
as Tucker
Griffin Dunne
as Dr. Vass
Denis O'Hare
as Dr. Sevard
Michael O'Neill
as Richard Barkley
Donna DuPlantier
as Nurse Frazin
Rick Espaillat
as Michael
Lucius Falick
as Freddie
James DuMont
as Rayon's Father
Jane McNeill
as Francine Suskind
Don Brady
as Tucker's Father
Sean Boyd
as Border Agent
Matthew Thompson
as Effeminate Man
Rachel Wulff
as News Anchor
Neeona Neal
as Stripper
Scott Takeda
as Mr. Yamata
Joji Yoshida
as Dr. Hiroshi
Carl Palmer
as FDA Customs Agent
Craig Borten
as Quicksilver Cowboy
Arthur Smith
as Rodeo Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club

All Critics (235) | Top Critics (50)

The AIDS epidemic was not a happy-ending story. But it was certainly a test of the human spirit. Ron Woodroof passed that test.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Just about everything is right with Dallas Buyers Club, beginning with Matthew McConaughey's literally transformative portrayal.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A solid biopic is made transcendent by McConaughey, who shed nearly 50 pounds and deserves to gain an Oscar for his ferocious, funny performance.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Newsday
Top Critic

One of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A straight-up portrait of a man who figured out a way to cling to life longer than anyone expected and, in the process, learned to let the world in.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Played with raw, rattling fury and grace by Matthew McConaughey, Woodroof is a tarnished protagonist of the first order.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club

½

McConaughey delivers another fantastic performance in a career already full of them, shining as a despicable man who slowly turns into a caring, likable person. It is just a pity that this poignant story becomes a bit repetitive in a third act that could have done with some polishing.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

"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.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

½

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!

Flutie Archibald
Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

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