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  • Summary: Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, A Single Man, is the story of George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim. George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48 year old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of George’s, Kenny, who is coming to terms with his true nature, stalks George as he feels in him a kindred spirit. (The Weinstein Company) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Some films aren't revelations, exactly, but they burrow so deeply into old truths about love and loss and the mess and thrill of life, they seem new anyway. A Single Man is one such film, one of the best of 2009
  2. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    90
    An exquisite, almost sensual grief suffuses every frame of A Single Man.
  3. 89
    Everything fits perfectly, from titles to fin, but most of all Firth, who dons the role of George like a fine bespoke suit.
  4. While A Single Man has its flaws, many of these fade in view of the performance and the power of Isherwood’s story.
  5. 75
    Truth be told, Firth's transcendent performance in A Single Man renders that stylistic gimmick utterly unnecessary -- Firth provides all the emotional color this movie needs, and then some.
  6. Then again, Colin Firth is enough. Every movie is a performance, but very seldom is a performance a movie.
  7. Christopher Isherwood’s seminal queer novel deserves a film adaptation that captures both its sense of place and its activist spirit. Cowriter-director Tom Ford settles for the glossy ephemera of a Vanity Fair cover spread.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. GaleG.
    Dec 30, 2009
    10
    All Colin Firth all the time. And, of course, he's perfect. Beautiful movie about living through a paralyzingly ugly part of life: loss.
  2. TomR.
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    I was very fortunate to stumble upon this film on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Beautifully filmed with incredible attention to detail and acted by two of the best in Hollywood, A Single Man was one of the best of the year. At least Colin Firth got a nomination for his performance. I've never seen an actor express the depth of grief that Mr. Firth conveyed early in the movie when the camera focused just on his face! Incredible! Expand
  3. Katy
    Apr 25, 2010
    10
    Mesmerizing from the first moment. So original, moving, enchanting. The eyes, the colors, the music. Nothing else like it. What a joy!
  4. LucyD
    Dec 12, 2009
    9
    A bit of an obsession with floating nude male bodies and it's symbolism with either death or rebirth but that is my only complaint and why I gave it a 9. Magnificent performance by Colin Firth which was the impetus for the unveiling of this moving story. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2010
    9
    Tom Ford 's directorial debut is definitely a surprise hit. Not something you'd expect with the man who helped turnaround Gucci when it was almost bankrupt. You'd expect the film to be a depressing, dull and painful to watch when actually it is like a beautiful, glamorous treat for the eyes and ears. Colin Firth is marvellous as George, an English professor living in California who has lost his love of 16 years Jim (Goode). Firth brings so much more to his character and his presence is outstanding. His supporting co-star Julianne Moore is also brilliant as Charley, she doesn't have much screen time but Moore uses it wisely and cherishes every second she has on screen. The film is accompanied with a haunting score, beautiful costumes and perfect art direction. Ford's film is definitely worth a watch and will be one to remember for a long time. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2010
    8
    A director with vision, with an eye for detail and and understanding of photography (Tom Ford one of the top designers for Gucci has all that in abundance) and a strong character performance (Colin Firth delivers a potent, eloquently internalized, award winning performance) combined bring us a beautiful, stylish and emotionally charged film worth watching. Expand
  7. RizzoP.
    Dec 13, 2009
    0
    I think this may be one of the worst made movies i have ever seen. It is so oblique it's laughable. please please spare yourself the pain and suffering of seeing this horrible over wrought piece of self important nonsense. spare yourself!!! Expand

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