A Single Man (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 with her own questions about the future.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
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


Colin Firth
as George Falconer
Julianne Moore
as Charlotte
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Mrs. Strunk
Ryan Simpkins
as Jennifer Strunk
Teddy Sears
as Mr. Strunk
Paul Butler
as Christopher Strunk
Aaron Sanders
as Tom Strunk
Keri Lynn Pratt
as Blonde Secretary
Jenna Gavigan
as Other Secretary #1
Alicia Carr
as Other Secretary #2
Lee Pace
as Grant
Ridge Canipe
as Young Boy
Elisabeth Harnois
as Young Woman
Erin Daniels
as Bank Teller
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Critic Reviews for A Single Man

All Critics (180) | 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

A deeply touching film with a beautiful cinematography and art direction, a wonderful score and a remarkable debut direction by fashion designer Tom Ford. Still, what stands out more than anything else here is Colin Firth's fantastic leading performance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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


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

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

A Single Man Quotes

Kenny: I just wanted to see you some place other than school.
George Falconer: Why?
Kenny: 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 (3 years 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 (3 years 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 (4 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 (4 years ago)

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