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Based on 12 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    If nothing else, 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. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    When 3 Needles premiered at Toronto last year, the stories were overlapping, in the style of "Babel" but without a unifying theme. It's less cumbersome as three separate stories, but they do not add up to much. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    After reminding us that the AIDS crisis in the West is far from over in "The Event," Fitzgerald widened his scope with this much-needed perspective on the global dimensions the disease has achieved. Despite the importance and seriousness of the subject, there's plenty of Fitzgerald's brand of sly humor on hand, particularly in the scenes involving the Quebecoise porn industry. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    If good intentions were all it took to create a decent movie, Thom Fitzgerald's 3 Needles would be some kind of masterpiece. show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Writer-director Thom Fitzgerald's ambitious but hopelessly inchoate AIDS drama is actually three separate, sequentially-told stories. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    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 control and combat. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Had it taken a more hard-headed approach, 3 Needles, might have been to the AIDS epidemic what "Traffic" was to the drug trade. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    In terms of simple provocation, nothing in this melodramatic mosaic of global suffering comes close to matching director Thom Fitzgerald's press kit prediction that "the AIDS pandemic will be seen in retrospect as much more significant than the ongoing jihad." A film about THAT could be compelling; this one is merely content to suggest, cleverly and often, that it recognizes far more than we ever could the pain and cruelty of disease. show more

  • 50
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    3 Needles is a great discussion tool for World AIDS Awareness Day that never achieves coherent shape as a three-paneled drama. show more

  • 50
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    This sprawling and ambitious three-part Canadian film traces the spread of AIDS on three continents, but it gets off to a confusing start… By the time the movie returned to Africa, it had lost me despite its talented cast and its noble intentions. show more

  • October 22, 2009 Ayrshirelassi
    Report This User

    I think the movie was immoral. I was asked to watch it in school and walked out in the middle of it. They had people doing the wild thing and left nothing to the immagination. I think it should be rated R and that it has no place being shown at school. It's obsceen and offensive.

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