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A Single Man Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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
January 15, 2010
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.
January 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
January 13, 2010
His first time out, Ford has made one of the best films of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2009
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 26, 2009
One of the year's more satisfying films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 25, 2009
Firth plays a drowning man who can't yell for help, and it's an awful thing to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 25, 2009
It is as gorgeous as you would expect, and surprisingly large-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2009
How fitting that Firth should carry A Single Man, a movie of quiet but potent emotional power, perfectly suited to his singular gifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
December 25, 2009
Despite its downbeat theme, A Single Man is ultimately optimistic about the human capability to gradually make peace with seemingly insurmountable pain and tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 24, 2009
What's remarkable is how Firth, with the smallest of gesture or nuance, lets us see this man's heartbreak without ever letting it burst through his carefully controlled surface.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 24, 2009
As Ford's first film, this story, based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, must have had special meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2009
Just about every sequence and flourish and detail in Ford's film feels and looks right. It is primarily Firth's triumph. But it is not a solitary one.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 18, 2009
It's a dirgelike odyssey sparked by Julianne Moore's overheated turn as George's best friend -- a welcome respite from Firth's clenched emoting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 14, 2009
This is a wonderful movie.
December 14, 2009
Two characters trying and failing to drown their hopes and regrets, and two strong actors refusing to be tight-laced by a director's exercise in style: here is a mood piece looking for a fight.
December 11, 2009
It's not a particular political bent that makes you fall for George. It's Firth. This is an unaffected, sincere and very subtle performance, the best of his career...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 11, 2009
Like the speck of sand that seeds a pearl, it's the tiny fleck of kitsch at the heart of A Single Man that makes it luminous and treasurable, despite its imperfections.
December 11, 2009
Designer Tom Ford makes a surprisingly successful leap from the fashion industry to the big screen with A Single Man.
December 11, 2009
Colin Firth isn't the only reason to see A Single Man, but he's certainly the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2009
While A Single Man has its flaws, many of these fade in view of the performance and the power of Isherwood's story.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
December 11, 2009
Wrenching and ravishing. ... An exquisite, almost sensual grief suffuses every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 11, 2009
Colin Firth finally leaves Mr. Darcy behind -- and will likely net an Oscar nomination -- with his deeply moving, career-redefining performance as a '60s gay man struggling with death and isolation in A Single Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2009
Several diverse currents come together in A Single Man to form a good movie and a great opportunity for actor Colin Firth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2009
A Single Man is more than a pretty movie. It's also a careful examination of love, loss and mourning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 11, 2009
We're always looking for those performances that truly define an actor, where we can sit back and simply watch the talent soar. For Colin Firth, A Single Man is that film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2009
A Single Man -- the striking directorial debut from fashion designer Tom Ford -- is so unusually beautiful it would be easy to dismiss it as superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2009
A Single Man proves a film can look and feel like a 99-minute perfume commercial and still register as a poignant meditation on grief, memory, and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 10, 2009
Though the deliberate pace can feel slow to glacial at times, the visuals are gorgeous, and the melancholy mood is exquisitely evoked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2009
A Single Man, un film de Tom Ford, is all art and no direction -- it's a picture made up of visual choices with almost no filmmaking sandwiched between.
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
December 9, 2009
This is the first movie directed by Tom Ford, the former fashion designer, and he proves a born filmmaker with a rapturous eye.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 8, 2009
No more than 10 minutes in, the movie already has the feel of an exquisitely preserved corpse laid out for viewing.
December 8, 2009
As a movie, it has all the life of a boxed pink taffeta sample at Bergdorf that never leaves the stockroom.
December 8, 2009
Ford is a true visionary, but it's his humanity that gives the love story a ravishing, bruised grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2009
For a gentle man who's lost his love, solitude has become a life sentence that simply must end. Firth makes that ache subtly, splendidly visible.
December 4, 2009
The movie has a hushed, sensual intensity and formal elegance that leaves no doubt Ford knows what he's doing behind the camera.