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3 Needles Reviews

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 22, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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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+
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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
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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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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 30, 2006
[A] well-meaning misfire.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 30, 2006
Provocative and ambitious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 29, 2006
By the time the movie returned to Africa, it had lost me despite its talented cast and its noble intentions.
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
November 28, 2006
As a movie, 3 Needles amounts to unclean entertainment at best.
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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
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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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Dennis Harvey
Variety
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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