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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) Expand
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: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. Oct 27, 2010
    10
    Love, love, love it! If you are familiar with Wong Kar Wai and love 50s era cinema recreations, this is a film for you to watch. I celebrate Tom Ford has such a detailed and suave eye for moviemaking as he does for fashion. One truly expects his second film to have the consistency of this marvelous piece, the acting is superb and the overall feel is ... sheer delight. @cinemaquote Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    This is the best picture of 2009. Achingly sad and wonderfully acted. The cinematography is astonishingly romantic, full of life and death and everything in between. Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2010
    10
    A commanding directorial debut from Tom Ford. The film's color literally runs out as George Falconer's (Colin Firth) life meanders toward the completion of his suicide plan.

    The writing shows remarkable restraint in avoiding a too harsh indictment of the anti-gay morality of the 1960's.

    A terribly sad movie from the first frame, beautifully acted, and designed.
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  4. 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
  5. Jul 10, 2011
    9
    it's one of the best movies ever.
    Nicholas Hoult and Colin Firth makes this movie one you can't miss. their performance of their character is
    absolutely amazing and Tom Ford has really made a movie that is worth a 10!!! Expand
  6. Dec 20, 2010
    8
    this movie may suffer from being too "fabulous" and sleek, but its heart is in the right place and Firth makes sure that nobody loses sight of that. undoubtedly a great debut for any first-time director. Expand
  7. Mar 25, 2012
    0
    A Single Man is a single pile of crap. What a totat bore this was. It is a laughable film but the problem was it wasn't a comedy. It is stupid self- absorbing film about a gay guy. How much less interesting can it get. One of the worst pictures of the year. Expand

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