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Dallas Buyers Club Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 31, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 15, 2013
Just about everything is right with Dallas Buyers Club, beginning with Matthew McConaughey's literally transformative portrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 14, 2013
One of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 8, 2013
Played with raw, rattling fury and grace by Matthew McConaughey, Woodroof is a tarnished protagonist of the first order.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 8, 2013
"Dallas Buyers Club" takes audiences back to the worst of the AIDS crisis, where the disease was a death sentence, and the public's terror and hostility were at its height.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 7, 2013
Vallee, working from a script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, infuses the film with some humor - Woodroof's posing as a priest as he smuggles drugs from Mexico is a hoot - but he never lets us forget that the stakes are deadly serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 7, 2013
Once we get past McConaughey's stunning transformation, we're transfixed by a performance that reminds us of why this guy became a movie star in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 7, 2013
McConaughey delivers the performance of his career, characterized not just by an astonishing physical transformation but by a wellspring of deep compassion and fearlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
November 7, 2013
A trio of terrific performers imbues a riveting AIDS drama with heart and mind as well as pertinence.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 7, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club" explores an era that's been too-little seen on film: the early AIDS years, when people were dying and helplessness and fear seemed to float in the air.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 7, 2013
The movie, based on a true story, shows how empathy has the power to destroy intolerance where it stands.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 7, 2013
The simplistic Dallas Buyers Club is worth seeing, if for no other reason than McConaughey's transformative and touching performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 7, 2013
This is the performance of McConaughey's newly resurgent career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 7, 2013
The movie's often touching and very watchable, but what gets you past the script's sincere calculation is the growing sense of rage toward a medical-industrial complex that saw AIDS sufferers as guinea pigs and sources of profit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 7, 2013
In many ways, the film is all about Matthew McConaughey, and Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee is wise enough to train his focus on the actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 7, 2013
Does a few things wrong but a lot right, starting right at the top with McConaughey.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2013
However creaky this might be as drama, it's a fascinating look at an underground economy and the politics of medicine.
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
November 5, 2013
The screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack doesn't yield to pat pronouncements or solutions, refusing to turn Woodroof into a huggable savior, even when his views about gays shift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
November 2, 2013
This true story is no melodramatic probe into an ailing cowboy's soul. Not once does McConaughey look to the sky and ask why him or cry himself to sleep as the clock ticks on his nightstand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 1, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club is just about a selfish boor who arguably gets a pass in terms of posterity, because while looking out for No. 1, he paved the way for change for everyone else.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 1, 2013
The real halo here belongs to McConaughey. He does justice to Ron's story and to his own quicksilver talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Glenn Kenny
RogerEbert.com
November 1, 2013
"Dallas Buyers Club" takes a more elliptical, near-poetic approach to the lives it portrays than the viewer might expect from this kind of movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 1, 2013
This is McConaughey's movie, and definitive proof that he is back to being the actor we always thought he was, or could be, since "Dazed and Confused."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 1, 2013
This is a movie that traffics in deep hindbrain emotions: fear and rage and lust and, above all, the pure animal drive to go on living.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 31, 2013
Despite its clichéd elements, "Dallas Buyers Club" is a fierce celebration of the unpredictable power that belongs to the outcast, the despised, the pariah.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 31, 2013
It's a remarkable story, vividly and urgently told by French-Canadian director Vallée from a pointed, schmaltz-free script by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 31, 2013
Matthew McConaughey brings a jolt of unpredictable energy to "Dallas Buyers Club," an affecting if conventional real-life story of medical activism.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 31, 2013
McConaughey proves he has evolved from a handsome lightweight to one of the most talented, risk-taking actors in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2013
[McConaughey and Leto] elevate the movie beyond ordinary biography or overplayed tragedy, and give Oscar-worthy performances in the process.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 31, 2013
Matthew McConaughey continues to amaze.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2013
Script and pacing problems aside, Dallas Buyers Club remains an awards-worthy showcase of McConaughey's and Leto's ferocious talents, matched only by their astonishing physical decline onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 31, 2013
It's McConaughey's spiritual transformation that is most remarkable. His gaze is at once desperate and challenging.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 31, 2013
[Matthew McConaughey's] explosive, unerring portrayal defines what makes an actor great, blazing commitment to a character and the range to make every nuance felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 31, 2013
The commitment McConaughey brings is something to behold ... Woodroof's mix of Texas blowhard and eccentric bozo is clearly his strong suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
October 30, 2013
If there was any doubt that McConaughey is more than just a tawny-chested rom-com stud, there should be no question anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
October 30, 2013
Vallee directs ''Dallas Buyers Club'' with a loose naturalism, seedy environs and lively humor that prevents the film from becoming over-sentimentalized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 30, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club represents the best of what independent film on a limited budget can achieve-powerful, enlightening and not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 29, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club fits our Breaking Bad moment perfectly, offering a difficult hero whose personal code takes on an intriguing coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
October 29, 2013
What's remarkable about Dallas Buyers Club is its lack of sentimentality. The movie, like its star, is all angles and elbows, earning its emotion through sheer pragmatism.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 28, 2013
Despite its downbeat context (a plague at its height), the movie is a crowd-pleaser-graceful and funny enough to distract you from its gaps and elisions.
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
September 13, 2013
The movie adds vulgar emotional sweetener. It's Erin Cockovich.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
September 13, 2013
For the majority of the time, it wrestles with the heavy material like the cowboys and cattle at the rodeo that frames its events, and McConaughey proves himself a proficient rider.
Full Review | Original Score: b
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 13, 2013
There's still something undeniably moving about the film's trajectory, which allows McConaughey to blossom into an empathetic figure-one whose homophobia fades as his fighting spirit intensifies-without losing his rapscallion spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: b
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 12, 2013
If the camera occasionally suffers a fashionable case of the jitters, the movie transcends its agitated verismo to impart dramatic and behavioral truth.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 9, 2013
McConaughey is the only reason to see Dallas Buyers Club, but he's enough of a reason to see Dallas Buyers Club.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 9, 2013
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto give terrific performances in this riveting and surprisingly relatable true story.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2013
This is a full-bodied characterization that will take McConaughey's already impressive career regeneration several steps further.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
September 7, 2013
The fireworks caused by pitting never-say-die Texas bravado against heartlessness is a powerful mix, and the film manages to be an inspiring tale amidst all this sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10