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86
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  • 100
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    When it's over, this documentary lingers as a testament to extraordinary human bravery. It stands as one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful sagas of the year. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What's so remarkable about their decadeslong campaign, though, is how desperation led to inspiration - to the inspired notion that they, as nonscientists, could still take their fate in their own hands. show more

  • 88
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    It can feel inchoate, dropping the viewer in the middle of events without much context, and it exacts an emotional toll. But its raw quality also makes it compelling viewing. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    David France's survey of AIDS advocacy should be invaluable to every frustrated movement, as both a road map and a reminder of how vital personal activism remains. show more

  • 95
    Ella Taylor NPR

    ACT UP soldiers on today, as it must, given the lack of official attention to the resurgence of HIV among young American men in metropolitan areas. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    We're now far enough from that era that seeing it all again feels like a slap to the face in the same way that watching certain moments in the civil rights epic "Eyes on the Prize" chills your bones. This doesn't have that series' stately magnitude. It's smaller and crasser, but it's comparatively galvanic. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The most heartbreaking scene shows survivors of the dead reaching through fence railings to scatter their ashes on the White House lawn, where presumably they still rest. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    From a terrible epidemic comes a beautiful documentary. show more

  • 88
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    How to Survive a Plague, while a shaggier-structured documentary than many, is a heart-wrenching portrait of one of the saddest, most heroic chapters in American history. show more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    Presents a cast of characters who must continue fighting, for what's at stake is the very real, very imminent threat of their own deaths. show more

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