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3 Needles Reviews

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November 30, 2006
[A] well-meaning misfire.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 9, 2005
The film is unfocussed and listless. Fitzgerald has the ideas; what he needs more than anything is a ruthless editor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 29, 2006
By the time the movie returned to Africa, it had lost me despite its talented cast and its noble intentions.
November 30, 2006
It's gorgeously filmed, but its character logic very rarely makes any sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 27, 2007
As a movie with an important message, 3 Needles is an idiotic waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 30, 2006
Between the annoying voiceover and the detail-free storylines, 3 Needles is like a bad filmstrip you stumble onto at the library.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 1, 2006
Broad in scope and at times visually stunning, [director Thom] Fitzgerald's project is ambitious but lacks cohesion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2005
There are moments of sheer brilliance, but it's far too self-important and, ultimately, contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
November 30, 2006
Had it taken a more hard-headed approach, 3 Needles might have been to the AIDS epidemic what Traffic was to the drug trade.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 1, 2006
It's hard to know what exactly the movie means with a lot of the choices it makes, even if, ultimately, it means well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
October 26, 2006
Give me a little Sevigny and somehow the landscape of the heart and mind changes. For me, her qualities were all the salvation I needed. Without them, Purgatory, here I come!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
November 7, 2006
Each of these stories is a hissy fit of heinous proportions, one progressively worse than the other: all end on a sickeningly satisfied note of irony, tied together with hectoring narration that suggests a yuletide story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 21, 2006
The results can be gripping, but also difficult to follow in some places -- and difficult to swallow in others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 28, 2006
As a movie, 3 Needles amounts to unclean entertainment at best.
October 6, 2005
Sprawling from Montreal to South Africa to China, Thom Fitzgerald's 3 Needles is a great discussion tool for World AIDS Awareness Day that never achieves coherent shape as a three-paneled drama.
November 29, 2006
It sometimes produces moments of unexpected power. It also produces a bizarre and fatally uneven movie, veering from black comedy to maudlin religiosity, which seems to have been made in total defiance of both narrative conventions and emotional logic.
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