A Single Man Reviews

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August 30, 2018
It feels like it was made by a talented crew without any overall directorial vision to guide them.
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.
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.
November 17, 2011
September 4, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 5, 2010
... tentative and overliterary.
January 15, 2010
By the close of Ford's film, I just felt cheated.
January 14, 2010
A Single Man has a single thing going for it -- namely, the lead performance given by Colin Firth.
January 14, 2010
Firth gives a strong, layered performance, but the movie leaves him drifting from scene to scene like a disaffected model.
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".
December 25, 2009
It's a spruced up ode to unhappiness that remains rooted to the surface, an aesthete's dream.
December 25, 2009
The whole movie feels like it's muted or maybe swaddled in six layers of cashmere.
December 25, 2009
Ford doesn't know when to quit: A Single Man is too beautiful by half...
December 25, 2009
For in all the bluntness of its visual panache and Firth's steady performance, the movie adds up to little more than a study in situational irony.
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.
December 14, 2009
Requires more than incessant slow-motion and escalating orchestral music to pass as serious drama.
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