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Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death. To survive, he smuggled non-toxic, anti-viral medications from all over the world, but yet still illegal in the U.S. Other AIDS patients sought out his medications forgoing hospitals, doctors and AZT. With the help of his Doctor, Eve Saks and a fellow patient, Rayon, Ron unintentionally created the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of dozens which would form around the country, providing its paying members with these alternative treatments. The clubs, growing in numbers and clientele, were brought to the attention of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies which waged an all out war on Ron. “DBC” follows Ron Woodroof’s personal fight to survive which lasted 2191 days when he died on September 12, 1992, six years after he was diagnosed with the HIV virus.

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Release date: Nov 1, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use
 
Official website: http://www.dallasbuyersclub.com
 
Runtime: 117 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 100
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    Vallée, working with a lean, lively script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, neatly avoids excess, letting Woodroof’s terrific yarn stand on its own and getting out of the way of his extraordinary actors, who channel the story without condescension or manipulative cheats. ...read more

  • 100
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    Despite its clichéd elements, Dallas Buyers Club is a fierce celebration of the unpredictable power that belongs to the outcast, the despised, the pariah. That’s not a story of the ‘80s, it’s a story of always. ...read more

  • 100
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    Dallas Buyers Club represents the best of what independent film on a limited budget can achieve — powerful, enlightening and not to be missed. ...read more

  • 100
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    What's remarkable about Dallas Buyers Club is its lack of sentimentality. The movie, like its star, is all angles and elbows, earning its emotion through sheer pragmatism. ...read more

  • 91
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    It wouldn’t be surprising to hear about moviegoers demanding their money back after seeing The Dallas Buyers Club, but not because the film isn’t good. It’s actually very nearly great. ...read more

  • 90
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    Jean-Marc Vallee’s film is anything but standard, thanks to an astonishing performance by Matthew McConaughey. ...

  • 90
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    This classic tale of a little guy taking on giants benefits from being essentially true, and from accomplished filmmaking, but most of all from the beautiful vitality of Mr. McConaughey's performance. ...read more

  • 90
    The New Yorker - by David Denby
    As the real-life Ronald Woodroof, he (Mcconaughey) does work that is pretty much astounding. [4 Nov. 2013, p.116] ...

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter - by David Rooney
    What distinguishes Borten and Wallack’s screenplay is its refusal to sentimentalize by providing humbling epiphanies to set Ron on the right path and endow him with empathy. ...read more

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    McConaughey's performance isn't just about the weight loss. It's about gaining compassion, even wisdom, and it's awesome. ...read more

  • 88
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Calvin Wilson
    At once a fascinating character study and a scathing indictment of the role of the medical-pharmaceutical complex in exacerbating the AIDS crisis, the fact-based Dallas Buyers Club is one of the best films of the year. ...read more

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    Thanks to the superb screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and the brilliant, brave performances by the cast, Dallas Buyers Club gets just about everything right, save for a few over-the-top scenes that hammer home points that have already been made. ...read more

  • 88
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    It’s a remarkable story, vividly and urgently told by French-Canadian director Vallée (“The Young Victoria”) from a pointed, schmaltz-free script by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack. ...read more

  • 88
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    McConaughey makes sure we feel his tenacity and triumphs in the treatment of AIDS. His explosive, unerring portrayal defines what makes an actor great, blazing commitment to a character and the range to make every nuance felt. ...read more

  • 85
    NPR - by Bob Mondello
    McConaughey's flirty drawl and rowdy energy have never been put to better dramatic use than they are in Dallas Buyers Club. ...read more

  • 85
    Film.com - by Jordan Hoffman
    It’s all about the performances. McConaughey and Leto don’t just give voice to the disenfranchised of the 1980s, but all people suddenly faced with impossible challenges. ...read more

  • 83
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    If we admire anything about him, it’s entrepreneurship; there’s something uniquely American about a guy outrunning his own death by turning suffering into profit. And as a judge asks, why shouldn’t a dying man be allowed to try any remedy for his disease? ...read more

  • 83
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Director Jean-Marc Vallee dutifully progresses from one obvious scene to the next. Solid work but unspectacular, perhaps figuring the boldness of his characters' words and actions can be artistic enough. And it is, in the hands of a temporarily reformed sex symbol and his unexpected leading lady. ...read more

  • 83
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    The real halo here belongs to McConaughey. He does justice to Ron’s story and to his own quicksilver talent. ...read more

  • 80
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    This is a movie that traffics in deep hindbrain emotions: fear and rage and lust and, above all, the pure animal drive to go on living. ...read more

  • 80
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    If Woodroof is the movie’s guts, Rayon is its heart, and Leto (TV’s “My So-Called Life,” “Alexander”) is stunningly perfect, even when the story veers ever so slightly into expected territory. ...read more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    Even with some flaws and flailing, Dallas Buyers Club is a rough, raw, ragged and exhilarating ride. ...read more

  • 80
    The Dissolve - by Tasha Robinson
    It’s a formulaic story that takes full advantage of these broad, familiar formulas to win viewers, but finds enough unique detail to retain its own identity. ...read more

  • 80
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Despite its downbeat context (a plague at its height), the movie is a crowd-­pleaser — graceful and funny enough to distract you from its gaps and elisions. ...read more

  • 80
    The Telegraph - by Tim Robey
    At just under two hours, it's a little long, but the blend of biting character study and campaigning pharmaceutical docudrama is zesty and memorable. ...read more

  • 80
    The Guardian - by Paul MacInnes
    [McConaughey] delivers a twitchy, hostile performance on par with anything he's done since he escaped the rom com cul-de-sac. ...read more

  • 78
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    Dallas Buyers Club is an indelible story about one man’s unwillingness to go gently into that good night, and the personal growth he experiences along the way. ...read more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    The limits of Dallas Buyers Club are the limits most true stories come up against, which are the facts. A good story lands and reverberates. In real life, stories have a way of just stopping and leaving you a bit unsatisfied. The latter is what happens in this movie, but perhaps that couldn't be avoided. ...read more

  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Regardless of who sees or doesn't see Dallas Buyers Club, however, the movie does what it sets out to do by providing a striking portrait of a remarkable character and offering a history lesson to those too young to remember how things were for AIDS sufferers during the dark ages of the 1980s. ...read more

  • 75
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    By the end of this sincerely calculated, always watchable movie, everything has burned away but the fury, including whatever you may think or have thought about the actor you’re looking at. That’s how good the performance is. ...read more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    McConaughey is first-rate throughout, on top of every dramatic and blackly comic situation, even when the character isn't on top of anything. ...read more

  • 75
    RogerEbert.com - by Glenn Kenny
    If Dallas Buyers Club falls somewhat short in the categories of historical chronicle, emotional wallop, and information delivery, its conscientious attempts to portray a group of people in trouble in a troubled time delivers mini-epiphanies in a series of small doses. And that isn't nothing. ...read more

  • 75
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Through its detailed depiction of the lead character and McConaughey's outstanding portrayal, Dallas Buyers Club enlightens compellingly without sermonizing. ...read more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    There’s something undeniably affecting about that trajectory, which allows McConaughey to turn his character into an empathetic figure — one whose prejudice fades as his fighting spirit intensifies — without sacrificing his rapscallion spirit. He’s the same loudmouthed macho braggart at the end of the movie than he was at the beginning, but now he’s a loudmouthed macho braggart with purpose. ...

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly - by Chris Nashawaty
    It's been 20 years since Tom Hanks put a movie star's face on the AIDS crisis in "Philadelphia." Since then, Hollywood has largely ignored one of the most tragic chapters of the 20th century. Considering that track record, even a movie as imperfect as Dallas Buyers Club is something worth celebrating. ...read more

  • 75
    indieWIRE - by Eric Kohn
    The narrative only really stumbles because its tone never manages to convince on the level that McConaughey's performance eventually does. With its subdued approach, Dallas Buyers Club stops just short of an emotional payoff. ...read more

  • 75
    The Playlist - by Kevin Jagernauth
    Despite the fine performances from McConaughey and Leto, tightly coiled editing that keeps the story moving and a nicely measured balance between drama and comedy (McConaughey is often a hoot), Dallas Buyers Club still sometimes feels like it's missing one more grace note. ...read more

  • 70
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    There is warmth and intelligence here, and undeniable sincerity, but also a determination, in the face of much painful and fascinating history, to play it safe. ...

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