3 Needles
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"Three Needles" is a drama that visits rural China, a plantation in South Africa, and Montreal's porn industry, to tell three separate yet universal stories, rooted to struggles with the HIV pandemic. In China, Ping is a pregnant young woman running a black market blood collection scam that creates a mini epidemic in a rural village. In Montreal, Denys is a porn actor hiding his positive HIV status in order to continue working and supporting his mother--who herself goes to extreme lengths to provide for the family's future. And, in Africa, Sister Clara is a young novice nun,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The situations are contrived, the ironies are cheap, and the dialogue is overly blunt."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Broad in scope and at times visually stunning, [director Thom] Fitzgerald's project is ambitious but lacks cohesion."
‑ Teresa Budasi, Chicago Sun-Times
"As a movie with an important message, 3 Needles is an idiotic waste of time."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"Making serious points about serious issues, the film underscores repeatedly the need for personal and official vigilance concerning "the virus,""
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"So manipulative and sloppy that it left me more angry at writer-director Thom Fitzgerald than the tragic topic being mishandled onscreen."
‑ Lexi Feinberg, CinemaBlend.com
"If nothing else, [director Thom] 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."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's hard to know what exactly the movie means with a lot of the choices it makes, even if, ultimately, it means well."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"great performances and the heartbreaking dilemmas"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"3 Needles is a case of diminishing returns with the first story of blood running in China the best and the last, set in Africa, the least compelling."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Demonstrates that the transmission of HIV has become an uncontrollable global pandemic that feeds on poverty and recognizes no sexual, national or religious borders."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Only the African story feels complete, while the Chinese story is gloomily hopeless and the Montreal story is just a bad idea. 3 Needles is not about AIDS; it's about the exploitation of it."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"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 combat."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A marginally involving dramatization of how peopledeal with AIDS in 3 separate cultures"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Three riveting dramas about the AIDS crisis set in South Africa, China, and Canada that open our eyes and our hearts to victims of this dread disease."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"3 Needles is difficult to take at times, but it ultimately rewards those viewers willing to meet its challenges."
‑ Jim Hemphill, Reel.com
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