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  Dallas Buyers Club

drama


Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in this true story about a cowboy who takes matters into his own hands after he's diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    93%
  • Audience Score
    91%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5

Grim, intense movie tells a powerful, relevant true story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dallas Buyers Club is an intense drama based on a true story about finding treatment for AIDs in the early days of the disease. The movie contains very strong subject matter overall -- including graphic unsafe sex, drug abuse, and bigotry -- but tells a powerful and relevant story. There's some fighting and threats, and a little blood. Some nudity is visible during sex scenes. Language is very strong, and includes several racial and homophobic slurs. Drugs are prevalent, both illegal recreational drugs and AIDS medicines, and characters often drink heavily, or abuse their meds with alcohol. Many characters smoke cigarettes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the actions of the drug companies and the FDA as portrayed in this movie. Were they doing the best they could? Or was business (and profits) getting in the way of helping people?
  • Even though Ron Woodroof more or less broke the law, is he still a hero?
  • How does Ron Woodroof's bad behavior (drinking, smoking, unsafe sex, etc.) in the movie's first half affect his character overall? How does the Ron Woodroof character overcome his homophobia? How does the "Rayon" character help this?
  • What's the movie's position on AIDS treatment? Does the movie advocate healthy living over hospitals and prescription drugs? Where do the two meet?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: McConaughey delivers the performance of his career, characterized not just by an astonishing physical transformation but by a wellspring of deep compassion and fearlessness.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fresh: Vallee, working from a script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, infuses the film with some humor - Woodroof's posing as a priest as he smuggles drugs from Mexico is a hoot - but he never lets us forget that the stakes are deadly serious.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fresh: Dallas Buyers Club is just about a selfish boor who arguably gets a pass in terms of posterity, because while looking out for No. 1, he paved the way for change for everyone else.

- Bob Mondello, NPR, Friday, November 1, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Dare to Live. Great FIlm! Gritty, raw and compelling, Dallas Buyers Club is a powerfully dramatic based on a true story. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto each lost approximately 40 pounds for their respective roles as Ron Woodroof, the redneck, three-way loving, alcoholic, drug-addicted electrician/rodeo cowboy; and Rayon, the sensitive, street-savvy, would-be transsexual so desperate for a kind word. Their physical appearance will startle you more than once, but is quite effective in getting across the struggles of those infected with HIV virus in the 1980's. Dallas Buyers Club is McConaughey's best role yet. Fierce, trashy and edifying, the actor substitutes humility for profanity, glamour for wretchedness, and the light-hearted for the heavy and unapologetic. Finally, McConaughey joins a club of actors that he should be proud to be a part of. This movie is shot in a way that brings out the intimacy of the moments, while not losing the big picture. Dallas Buyers Club is a morally, heavy-hitting drama with lasting effects. Dramatizing the social discrimination of gays in the South of the United States and the condition of many low-income, trailer-park living American residents, the film raises the questions whether or not AIDS/HIVS and other fatal diseases are fairly treated within government fine print and whether the main goal of such large and powerful companies is wealth, or health. A powerful film that must be seen and I hope gets a lot of attention at least for its stars. It might not be something I'd watch again and again but it was still one of the best movies of the year. The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.

- MANUGINO, Thursday, January 16, 2014

4 stars

It truly is a spellbinding film constructed of two remarkable performances. Jean-Marc Valle's dramatic biopic is compelling and filled with humility. The remarkable execution from both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are what comprises of everything that's critically acclaimed about Dallas Buyers Club. 4.5/5

- fb1442511448, Wednesday, January 15, 2014

4 stars

Although it does feel a little slow, "Dallas Buyers Club" displays Ron Woodruff's life to perfection, having Matthew McConaughey portray this person in one of the greatest performances of his career. He really dedicated himself to this character and it shows. It feels a bit drab at times, and the tones might makes you a little sick to your stomach, but the screenplay is well-written and the direction is very well handled. Watching an AIDS patient control what happens to his own life and living far beyond the predicted lifetime was very fascinating to see on screen, and it almost felt real. "Dallas Buyers Club" is not one of the best films of the year, but McConaughey's performances outweighs almost everyone in 2013! Great film!

- fb733768972, Sunday, January 5, 2014