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A Single Man Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
Ford's film is an addict for prettiness and in the process resembles an excessively over-designed photo shoot rather than a film.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 14, 2010
Firth gives a strong, layered performance, but the movie leaves him drifting from scene to scene like a disaffected model.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2009
Ford luxuriates in the details of his period setting, but the movie rarely gets below the surfaces he has worked so hard to construct.
| Original Score: B-
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
What the film does fumble is the relationship between George and a student (Nicholas Hoult) whose gaydar he must have set off.
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James Berardinelli
December 10, 2009
While it's impossible to deny the artistic intent of Ford's cinematic compositions, his style erects an emotional barrier between the central character and the audience, resulting in a pace that is at times sluggish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
December 6, 2009
In A Single Man, his debut effort as film director, fashion designer Tom Ford seems determined to err not on the side of caution, but on that of aesthetic overload instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew O'Hagan
London Evening Standard
February 16, 2010
The central problem with this pristine, narcissistic film: it doesn't have a cinematic style, it has a maker's mark, a signature that would like to see itself as representing a guarantee of quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
December 25, 2009
It's a spruced up ode to unhappiness that remains rooted to the surface, an aesthete's dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 25, 2009
The whole movie feels like it's muted or maybe swaddled in six layers of cashmere.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 14, 2009
Requires more than incessant slow-motion and escalating orchestral music to pass as serious drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 5, 2010
... tentative and overliterary.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 29, 2009
Exactly the worst case scenario of what pops into your head when you hear the phrase "movie directed by a fashion designer and gay icon".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 11, 2009
Mature drama about loss is visually striking but hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 16, 2010
After a while, every scene becomes so tweezered, styled and glossed that the whole thing degenerates into a preening perfume commercial. That's one complaint: the other is that a film that should have been so moving is so boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2009
Ford doesn't know when to quit: A Single Man is too beautiful by half...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
Sean O'Connell
Hollywood News
January 15, 2010
By the close of Ford's film, I just felt cheated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tony Medley
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 | Original Score: 3/10
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
December 12, 2009
frameable images don't always make for great sequential cinema
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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