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How to Survive a Plague Reviews

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Monica Castillo
Bitch Media
May 10, 2016
There are personal glimpses into the home lives of activists that left many in my theater wiping their tears on their coat sleeve.
David Edwards
Daily Record (UK)
February 7, 2014
It all adds up to not just a document of the time but a blueprint for today's activists.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
November 11, 2013
A compellingly watchable portrait of a battle fought under that most memorable rallying cry: "Silence = Death". Bravo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 8, 2013
I don't doubt that anyone who has had a brush with AIDS, lost a friend or even a hero like Queen's Freddie Mercury, will find what is already a socially curious, medically fascinating and politically charged film an unmissably emotional experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
November 8, 2013
This inspirational, unexpectedly hilarious film is a patchwork of archival footage that takes us up to the present day.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
November 8, 2013
Nominated for the Oscar, this documentary is one of the most involving and moving films you'll see all year. At its core this is a movie about how a decent society should behave, even to the point of helping people who hurt themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 7, 2013
This documentary by David France persuasively argues that one of the greatest grassroots activist campaigns of modern times was the Act Up movement ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 7, 2013
David France's documentary about the 1980s/90s American gay community and its leading role in discovering "combination therapy" - the anti-HIV magic bullet - will be inspiring among audiences from the G20.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 7, 2013
Well-made and featuring an astonishing amount of on-the-scene archive footage, this is a powerfully emotional and hugely inspirational documentary that demands to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
November 7, 2013
This raw and passionate AIDS treatment doc suffers from a simple lack of focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 7, 2013
It's no whitewash: important activists from the era admit how much time was lost through internecine squabbling, as well as the struggles they faced against the pitiless anti-gay rhetoric of their political opponents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 5, 2013
It can't be long before we see the Hollywood version.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 4, 2013
A moving treatment of a deeply personal subject (France's own partner died of an AIDS-related illness in 1992), and an enthralling depiction of a seriously fired-up popular movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
Total Film
November 1, 2013
An important, moving doc about how LGBT activism taught a community to shun silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
David France has made an absorbing film to document that moment of immense implosion, called How to Survive a Plague.
Niki Boyle
The List
February 22, 2013
An indispensable and moving piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 21, 2013
[A] glorious ode to the supposition that a small group of committed people can change the world...
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 7, 2013
As this stirring, scrupulous doc reveals, the members of ACT UP fused the fervor of revolutionaries, the tenacity of trial lawyers, and the rage of the dispossessed to change the very shape of the epidemic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
January 7, 2013
Plague offers an instructive lesson for Occupy-era rabble-rousers: Only when coupled with a knowledge base will your sound and fury signify anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2013
From a terrible epidemic comes a beautiful documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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