A Single Man (2009)



Critic Consensus: Though the costumes are beautiful and the art direction impeccable, what stands out most from this debut by fashion designer Tom Ford is the leading performance by Colin Firth.

Movie Info

In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor 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 lead 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 … More

Rating: R (for some disturbing images and nudity/sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Ford, David Scearce
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2010
Box Office: $9.1M
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as George Falconer

as Charlotte

as Mrs. Strunk

as Jennifer Strunk

as Mr. Strunk

as Christopher Strunk

as Tom Strunk

as Blonde Secretary

as Other Secretary #1

as Other Secretary #2

as Grant

as Young Boy

as Young Woman

as Bank Teller
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Critic Reviews for A Single Man

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (40)

What the film does fumble is the relationship between George and a student (Nicholas Hoult) whose gaydar he must have set off.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Ford's film is an addict for prettiness and in the process resembles an excessively over-designed photo shoot rather than a film.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

What keeps the film anchored is the growing unease that Firth exudes in quiet, crushing waves. He's always at his best, single-handed.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

...offers a raw view of the gay experience that has nothing to do with sex.

Full Review… | December 3, 2010

Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man is unspeakably gorgeous to behold. From the glorious cinematography to the impossibly beautiful actors and actresses; no frame is wasted on anything even close to ugliness.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Audience Reviews for A Single Man


Warning spoilers! Colin Firth gives a great performance. Set in the 1960s Colin is a college professor in LA. He gets devastating news about his partner of 16 years, who died in an accident and Colin isn't welcome to the funeral. He decides he is going to commit suicide. After interactions with different characters he decides not to do it but iconically suffers a heart attack.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

This film is beautiful!, in every way possible: dazzling cinematography, impeccable costumes and art direction, a wonderful score and one remarkable debut direction by fashion designer Tom Ford. Still, what stands out most is certainly Colin Firth's amazing leading performance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


One of the best of the year. Absolutely beautiful on every level. Stunning performances.
I heart Tom Ford.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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