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A Single Man (2009)


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 152
Rotten: 27

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 33
Rotten: 8

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 56,211


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

R (for some disturbing images and nudity/sexual content)
Directed By:
Written By:
Tom Ford , David Scearce
In Theaters:
Jul 6, 2010
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for A Single Man

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (27) | DVD (5)

Firth's portrayal of a man repressing his grief while being unable to repress his instinct for love and for life is excellent and moving, while Ford's balancing of depth and surface is precarious but ultimately winning.

Full Review… | February 16, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Ford's eye for period detail is exact; brief cutaways, incisive dialogue, and charged glances telegraph the cold-war paranoia and sexual alienation of the early 60s.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A Single Man still stands as a vivid portrait of life behind a veil, and Firth certainly delivers one of the best performances of the year.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

His first time out, Ford has made one of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | January 13, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

In this beautifully tailored drama, content and style have as vital a relationship as George and Jim did. The one would be lost without the other.

Full Review… | December 28, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

One of the year's more satisfying films.

Full Review… | December 26, 2009
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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

El diseñador Tom Ford debuta como director de cine con el retrato íntimo e introspectivo de un personaje en crisis existencial. Una película sensible y madura, si bien peca de cierto exceso de esteticismo.

Full Review… | October 9, 2010
Uruguay Total

Director Tom Ford intends this film to be a celebration of life, but it misses the mark. The balance of this sorrow-laden film is too heavily weighted towards the depression side of the scales for that. Great performance by Firth, though.

Full Review… | September 4, 2010
Laramie Movie Scope

Tom Ford's feature directorial debut, A Single Man, is a bold first step, both visually ambitious and unapologetic about its point-of-view.

Full Review… | July 18, 2010
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A patient and never less than gripping character study that serves as a reminder of the emotional intimacy achievable on film. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
Groucho Reviews

A highly impressive filmmaking debut by former Gucci designer Tom Ford.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Dark Horizons

The singular sensation of A Single Man is Colin Firth.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Cleveland Plain Dealer

[Firth] the sturdiest reason for seeing this movie. He'll move you unless you're made of rock.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

There's not much to this film, other than watching Firth act, and that's not enough to justify the price of admission.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

Not only is the film meticulously designed, choreographed, and costumed, but everything is photographed (by young Spanish cinematographer Eduard Grau) with an eye towards conveying story and meaning via well-thought-out use of color.

Full Review… | July 4, 2010

Be it colour, composition or movement %u2013 Ford seems to have a natural ability to use the camera to create a vivid but tasteful milieu that works as both an eye-catching palette and an expressive representation of grief.

Full Review… | May 13, 2010

There is no question that A Single Man is an exquisite film and an enviable filmmaking debut.

Full Review… | April 14, 2010
Concrete Playground

The movie is very much like the character -- reserved but rich in detail.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Salt Lake Tribune

The movie wasn't so much directed as it was designed.

Full Review… | March 1, 2010
Triple J

A somber character study of a gay man int he early 1960s, 'A Single Man' is a drama that features a remarkable, subdued performance by Colin Firth.

Full Review… | February 27, 2010
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Elegant and stylish, this is more of a showpiece for style than an emotional journey, with fashion-designer turned film director Tom Ford overwhelming Colin Firth's performance of a bereft man with some impeccably beautiful but detached imagery.

Full Review… | February 25, 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

Based on a novel, this is the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford. And, you know what, if he wanted to, the man could make a second career for himself in film because as far as debuts go, it's pretty good.

The story concerns a British professor named Georgewho teaches English at a California university. It's November 1962, and the Cuban Missle Crisis has had people on edge for a month. For 8 months now, George has been mourning the loss of his long time partner Jim, whom he was with for 16 years. It hasn't been easy for George, but somehow, he has managed. Yet, that is not enough, and he's reached the point where he's decided that he'd be better off if he'd commit suicide and put an end to his suffering.

The fim follows George over the course of what he is trying to make his final day. Most thigns happen as usual, but then there are of course the moments where he takes care of final bits of business and gets some loose ends tied up. Along the way, he has encounters with various people that have him thinking that mayeb he does still have a life that's worth livign after all. Interspersed throughout this narrative are various flashbacks from George's life together with Jim.

Despite being a serious character driven drama filled with sadness and pain, there are also a number of moments of hope, humor, and love. Underscoring the film is also a great sense of beauty. Even the darker moments have a kind of sad beauty to them, making the film very moving and touching.

This is a smart film filled with an excellent lead performance by Colin Firth, and some terrific supporting ones by Julianne moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, and Jon Kortajarena. The music is quite emotional and moving, and, as one moght expect (given Ford's background), this is a gorgeous looking film with some top notch art direction, set design, and costumes.

As good as the film is though, it's not perfect. I can probably forgive him for this since it's debut and he's morwe used to fashion, but I think Ford overdirects this film at times. I don't think there needed to be as much slow-mo, or the filter shifts from color to b&w. I think he was maybe just nervous or directed the film self consciously, trying too hard to make a good first impresion. In all honesty, I think it would have been better had he just trusted his actors and let them do the heavy lifting until he strengthened his chops.

Aside from that though, I don't have any real complaints. I think the film is well done, not boring, and mostly finds the right tone. It occasionally feels a bit heavy handed, but again, I think it's forgivable. It does handle the material in a sensible manner though, and I appreciate that. You should give this a watch, because it's pretty good.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A Single Man Quotes

I just wanted to see you some place other than school.
George Falconer:
Sometimes I think I'm crazy cos I see things so differently to everyone else. I feel like I can talk to you. To honest ,sir,I was also worried about you today.
George Falconer:
Me? What's there to worry about? I'm fine...I'm ...I'm fine...
– Submitted by Milena K (22 months ago)
George Falconer:
You know, the only thing that's made the whole thing worthwhile has been those few times when I've been able to really, truly connect with another human being.
– Submitted by Milena K (22 months ago)
George Falconer:
Looking in the mirror staring back at me isn't so much a face as the expression of a predicament.
– Submitted by Antonia W (2 years ago)
George Falconer:
A few times in my life I've had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.
– Submitted by Rudy L (3 years ago)
Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty.
– Submitted by Tammy H (3 years ago)

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