A Single Man Reviews

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January 16, 2018
This is an important homosexual film based on a first-rate novel with a first-rate cast and probably a harbinger of similar movies to come. Many viewers will be disappointed that the movie only hints at intimacy rather than showcasing it.
November 17, 2011
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.
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.
February 16, 2010
The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel.
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.
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.
February 16, 2010
The kind of confident debut that radiates personality and visual flair while retaining a quietly fluttering heart.
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.
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.
January 13, 2010
His first time out, Ford has made one of the best films of the year.
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.
December 26, 2009
One of the year's more satisfying films.
December 25, 2009
Firth plays a drowning man who can't yell for help, and it's an awful thing to see.
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.
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.
December 25, 2009
Ford doesn't know when to quit: A Single Man is too beautiful by half...
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 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.
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