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3 Needles Reviews

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Don Willmott
April 17, 2007
great performances and the heartbreaking dilemmas
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
December 22, 2006
A marginally involving dramatization of how peopledeal with AIDS in 3 separate cultures
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
Ken Fox
TV Guide
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
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Jim Hemphill
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
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
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
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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
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Jan Stuart
November 30, 2006
Provocative and ambitious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
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
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Tilly
Time Out
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 22, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
David Cornelius
May 27, 2007
As a movie with an important message, 3 Needles is an idiotic waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cynthia Fuchs
December 21, 2006
Making serious points about serious issues, the film underscores repeatedly the need for personal and official vigilance concerning "the virus,"
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 2, 2006
The situations are contrived, the ironies are cheap, and the dialogue is overly blunt.
Read More | Original Score: D+
Lexi Feinberg
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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