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How to Survive a Plague Reviews

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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
Niki Boyle
The List
February 22, 2013
An indispensable and moving piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
March 22, 2012
How to Survive a Plague presents a cast of characters who must continue fighting, for what's at stake is the very real, very imminent threat of their own deaths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
October 19, 2012
This is a moving documentary, as hopeful as it is tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
October 1, 2012
Moving and essential.
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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 18, 2012
[A] powerful, messy and tremendously moving documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
September 28, 2012
At once a fascinating history and a compelling call to action.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
March 7, 2012
Probably the most moving doc of the year, both devastating and uplifting at the same time, and I can't recommend it enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2012
We grow familiar with the names and faces of many of the leaders in the movement. Some look directly into the camera and say they expect to die of the disease. Some are correct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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September 20, 2012
How to Survive a Plague is thorough almost to a fault.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 21, 2012
A powerful reminder of the ability of committed men and women to agitate, organize and create real change in the world.
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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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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 20, 2012
Tune in to the passionate voices in David France's brilliant documentary ...
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 21, 2012
Filmmaker David France...methodically reconstructs the critical period in the fight against AIDS from 1987 to 1995. (It) emerges as the better documentary (than this year's "United in Anger") if only due to its slightly more comprehensive perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2012
Ultimately, the story presented by the former reporter for Boston's defunct Gay Community News is one of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
December 7, 2012
A brilliant blueprint on how to spark a revolution. The activists who were highlighted in this film are American heroes to us all - gay, straight, black, white, male or female.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2012
When it's over, this documentary lingers as a testament to extraordinary human bravery. It stands as one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful sagas of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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