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A Single Man Reviews

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Simon Weaving
Screenwize
February 25, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
February 24, 2010
It has been so long since Firth applied his undoubted talent to a film that truly warranted it, and he rises to the challenge in impressive fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 24, 2010
All performances are actually very good, all the actors are beautiful. It's just a pity that the insistent beauty of the piece works against the emotion at the film's core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Giles Hardie
smh.com.au
February 24, 2010
A Single man is beautiful to look at, exquisitely told and possessed of a rare casual-paced charm that most other film makers take a career to evolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)
February 23, 2010
A Single Man is considerably more than middle aged misery. It's a poignant examination of longing and grief and hope. It is a knockout.
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 23, 2010
While Firth dominates proceedings, appearing in every frame, he is nearly upstaged by debutant director's Ford's stunning cinematography, art direction and attention to detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Colin Newton
Courier Mail (Australia)
February 23, 2010
Firth is the standout. While it's no surprise his performance has earned him a Best Actor Oscar nod, the film itself is not nearly as powerful as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2010
Uou don't have to be gay to appreciate George's emotional journey nor the unexpectedly ironic ending.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2010
It's an impressive debut for fashion designer Ford who wrote, produced and directed the film. But even more impressive is Colin Firth's wonderfully nuanced performance
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
February 16, 2010
It would be churlish to deny that this is by far the classiest, most skilfully crafted film of the week, with two extraordinary performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

FHM [UK]
February 16, 2010
Stylish, dark, funny and right now, the ideal choice for a date you want to impress with your appreciation of fine film making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
February 16, 2010
At times it feels too slow, with lingering arty close-ups, yet it weaves a hypnotic spell upon its audience so we carry on watching, mesmerised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
February 16, 2010
Crafted with the same attention to detail that Ford brings to his menswear collections, A Single Man is a deeply moving portrait of love and death, anchored by Firth's fearless central turn.
Gail Tolley
The Skinny
February 16, 2010
There are moments when a sense of poignancy emerges, mostly due to an affecting performance by Firth, but there are also times when the film feels like an expensive, albeit very stylish, advertisement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
February 16, 2010
It sounds like a downer but A Single Man is exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
February 16, 2010
Colin, darling, you were fabulous, completely on trend. Plot? So last season, it's nowhere to be seen - we're all about character, emotion and cheekbones, sweetie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
February 16, 2010
The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cosmo Landesman
Times (UK)
February 16, 2010
The private tragedy of George is never transformed into the gripping stuff of public drama; his story doesn't become our story. While A Single Man may dazzle the eye, it leaves the heart untouched.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 16, 2010
Delicately, and rather brilliantly, Firth suggests how his quiet heroism is mingled with notes of irony and self-deprecation. It is a poignant, deeply compassionate portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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