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Dallas Buyers Club

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.51 /10
Matthew McConaughey , Jennifer Garner , Jared Leto
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Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallee
Written by: Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

Released: 2013
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 117

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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.
(Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
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.
(A.O. Scott, New York Times)
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.
(Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times)
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.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
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.
(Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly)
McConaughey delivers a fine performance in Dallas Buyers Club, but it's less impressive when you realize that the entire movie has been rigged in his favor.
(Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity)

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