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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)



Critic Consensus: Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance.

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Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts - who he once would have shunned - and established a hugely successful "buyers' club." Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. (c) Focus Features

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Matthew McConaughey
as Ron Woodruff
Jennifer Garner
as Dr. Eve Sacks
Dallas Roberts
as David Wayne
Steve Zahn
as Tucker
Griffin Dunne
as Dr. Vass
Denis O'Hare
as Dr. Sevard
Donna DuPlantier
as Nurse Frazin
James DuMont
as Rayon's Father
Jane McNeill
as Francine Suskind
Don Brady
as Tucker's Father
Matthew Thompson
as Effeminate Man
Sean Boyd
as Border Agent
Rachel Wulff
as News Anchor
Neeona Neal
as Stripper
Scott Takeda
as Mr. Yamata
Joji Yoshida
as Dr. Hiroshi
Carl Palmer
as FDA Customs Agent
Craig Borten
as Quicksilver Cowboy
Arthur Smith
as Rodeo Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club

All Critics (264) | Top Critics (79)

The film fails to break the pattern of transphobic narratives in cinema, perhaps because it doesn't understand that trans people are not the same as cis gay people.

June 14, 2021 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sometimes a character punches through the screen, beyond the film containing him. Matthew McConaughey's performance as an HIV-positive cowboy in Dallas Buyers Club is one of those moments.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Though Jean-Marc Vallée's direction is sometimes indistinct, it does allow the actors to come off more inhibited in their performances and each scene is that much more authentic.

September 6, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Despite the cadaverous appearance of its lead actor, Dallas Buyers Club wants to be pretty, too, presenting a tidy, uplifting history of the years when unconscionable inaction and prejudice toward those with AIDS were a matter of federal policy.

May 22, 2014 | Full Review…

A powerfully moving film, and McConaughey's extraordinary physical transformation is much more than a stunt.

February 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What makes the film so special is its sense of defiance and its scabrous humour.

February 14, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dallas Buyers Club

No doubt, the acting is outstanding. McConaughey and Leto are almost frighteningly good. Unfortunately, the plot does not flow as smoothly as I hoped, the climaxes are few and there is a certain feeling of repetition. That doesn't take anything away from the importance of the story that is told here. I just hoped to be a little more engaged in and touched by the events.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


McConaughey delivers another fantastic performance in a career already full of them, shining as a despicable man who slowly turns into a caring, likable person. It is just a pity that this poignant story becomes a bit repetitive in a third act that could have done with some polishing.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


"Dallas Buyers Club" presents some fundamental questions concerning the purpose of law and the practice of medicine, though it paints with the limited colors offered by our libertarian protagonist. You wouldn't know it from the movie, but the FDA worked compassionately with the HIV community in the first decade, bending the rules by allowing buyers clubs to exist and giving otherwise terminally ill people a chance to fight nearly however they wanted (there were no government raids that the movie depicts) while the health industry worked to figure out a treatment with proper science. The movie also doesn't reveal that the Dallas club was considered too experimental by some of the other eight clubs; any whiff from around the world of a chemical with a possible positive effect and it would be made accessible by Ron Woodroof, who offered 130 different drugs unapproved by the FDA. Sadly, the film places ill motivations on behalf of the government and healthcare community in regards to the lack of treatment options. But rather than malice, we were dealing with ignorance. This was a brand new disease with about a 100% death rate, and both the FDA and doctors were rushing to treat the infected with any potential treatments they responsibly could. The problem for all involved boils down to a lack of data and the wide variations of analysis of what little data there was.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

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