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3 Needles Reviews

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April 17, 2007
great performances and the heartbreaking dilemmas
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 22, 2006
A marginally involving dramatization of how peopledeal with AIDS in 3 separate cultures
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 3, 2006
Three riveting dramas about the AIDS crisis set in South Africa, China, and Canada that open our eyes and our hearts to victims of this dread disease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2006
Demonstrates that the transmission of HIV has become an uncontrollable global pandemic that feeds on poverty and recognizes no sexual, national or religious borders.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 1, 2006
If nothing else, [director Thom] Fitzgerald has demonstrated how huge a challenge the AIDS epidemic is on a worldwide scale, and how it will take a concerted, intelligent effort to solve it. It'll take a lot more than throwing money around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 1, 2006
3 Needles is difficult to take at times, but it ultimately rewards those viewers willing to meet its challenges.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2006
3 Needles, Thom Fitzgerald's globe-spanning investigation of the effects of AIDS, may ultimately be a call to unity, but there's an extreme amount of despair and misery before we get to hear that trumpet blare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 30, 2006
Though not as coherent as it might be, 3 Needles, with its stunning cinematography by Thomas M. Harting, is never less than engaging and suggests powerfully the myriad reasons why AIDS, after a quarter of a century, remains so difficult to combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 30, 2006
Provocative and ambitious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 28, 2006
A gripping triptych of the HIV virus taking hold of every shred of human frailty in a tale of a pandemic both sexual and commercial.
| Original Score: 8/10
June 24, 2006
The [AIDS] virus knows no boundaries, and chaos easily overcomes social order. With breathtaking cinematography by Thomas M. Harting, Thom Fitzgerald's take on this dilemma does not offer much hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2006
While fraught with structural problems because it over-reaches, Thom Fitzgerald's film is still a wonder in terms of ambition and social relevance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 9, 2006
A powerful piece, 3 Needles ultimately fails to cohere as narrative, but there can be few more compassionate films playing at the festival this year.
August 22, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 27, 2007
As a movie with an important message, 3 Needles is an idiotic waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 21, 2006
Making serious points about serious issues, the film underscores repeatedly the need for personal and official vigilance concerning "the virus,"
December 3, 2006
3 Needles is a case of diminishing returns with the first story of blood running in China the best and the last, set in Africa, the least compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 2, 2006
The situations are contrived, the ironies are cheap, and the dialogue is overly blunt.
Read More | Original Score: D+
December 2, 2006
So manipulative and sloppy that it left me more angry at writer-director Thom Fitzgerald than the tragic topic being mishandled onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 1, 2006
Only the African story feels complete, while the Chinese story is gloomily hopeless and the Montreal story is just a bad idea. 3 Needles is not about AIDS; it's about the exploitation of it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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