3 Needles
3 Needles (2006)

"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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In getting its message about the AIDS epidemic across, the film unfortunately sacrifices story and character.

Noel Murray
AV Club

The situations are contrived, the ironies are cheap, and the dialogue is overly blunt.

Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times

Broad in scope and at times visually stunning, [director Thom] Fitzgerald's project is ambitious but lacks cohesion.

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David Cornelius

As a movie with an important message, 3 Needles is an idiotic waste of time.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's hard to know what exactly the movie means with a lot of the choices it makes, even if, ultimately, it means well.

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Don Willmott

great performances and the heartbreaking dilemmas

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

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 combat.

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Harvey S. Karten

A marginally involving dramatization of how peopledeal with AIDS in 3 separate cultures

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[font=Century Gothic]A few years previously, writer-director Thom Fitzgerald made a film, "The Event," about a man dying of AIDS in New York City.… More