User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 163
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  1. AnthonyK
    Feb 10, 2010
    5
    Unfaithful shallow adaptation of an icon of 20th fiction portraying a sad, sullen gay pity party ending in death. Firth was magnificent, as well as the supporting cast, but Ford is not a screenwriter.
  2. BobG.
    Feb 9, 2010
    5
    As nuanced and affecting as a Calvin Klein ad, with the exception of Firth. The music was intrusive and the cinematography was ostentatious and gimmicky. I left feeling emotionally flat and unmoved.
  3. TimW.
    Feb 10, 2010
    6
    Visually stunning, but lacks the emotional depth and sophistication of the book. Added scenes and constant flashbacks break up the simplicity of the narrative happening in one day, and the who suicide theme is not apparent at all in the novel and seems to be a cheap way to manipulate the audience. The casting of Kenny is completely off and acting horrible. However, the cameo by Don Visually stunning, but lacks the emotional depth and sophistication of the book. Added scenes and constant flashbacks break up the simplicity of the narrative happening in one day, and the who suicide theme is not apparent at all in the novel and seems to be a cheap way to manipulate the audience. The casting of Kenny is completely off and acting horrible. However, the cameo by Don Bacardi, the lover of author Chris Isherwood, and a drawing by Bacardi in George's home were a nice touch. Expand
  4. Apr 13, 2012
    5
    Although the subject matter was tragically deep and at times truthfully poignant, the ability to execute this film as a solid narrative was a failure of first time director Tom Ford. While the writing was generally decent (Ford was also co-writer in addition to his directing role) his direction ultimately left me pining for something more real and gritty and less flashy with sprinkles ofAlthough the subject matter was tragically deep and at times truthfully poignant, the ability to execute this film as a solid narrative was a failure of first time director Tom Ford. While the writing was generally decent (Ford was also co-writer in addition to his directing role) his direction ultimately left me pining for something more real and gritty and less flashy with sprinkles of shallowness of the side . Sadly a lot of the movie itself felt like a really long perfume advert. The best thing about 'A Single Man' was simply the wonderful and divine Colin Firth. Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2013
    5
    The movie shines only on parts Colin Firth has dialogues with Julianne or Nicholas. Otherwise, the entire film felt like an annoying ode to a "boo me" and a "why me" theme that was annoying and pitiful. I get the creative direction this film was trying so hard to push, but after about the 100th symbolism/ allusion to various cuts/ scenes/ gestures, the film felt like a trite messageThe movie shines only on parts Colin Firth has dialogues with Julianne or Nicholas. Otherwise, the entire film felt like an annoying ode to a "boo me" and a "why me" theme that was annoying and pitiful. I get the creative direction this film was trying so hard to push, but after about the 100th symbolism/ allusion to various cuts/ scenes/ gestures, the film felt like a trite message towards the snub art community. Expand
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    A Single Man's sleek surface may go against Isherwood's crisp, understated prose, yet the story's beating, wounded heart and its spiky intelligence still come through, personified in Firth's moving, eloquently internalized performance.
  2. 88
    The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    80
    Sensitive and stylish.