A Single Man Reviews

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August 30, 2018
This is an impressive debut from which I am still reeling a little, and Firth's performance is astounding.
August 23, 2018
Fashion designer Tom Ford proves he's no one-trick pony with this astonishing directorial debut.
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.
September 24, 2014
A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past.
November 17, 2011
Settles for the glossy ephemera of a Vanity Fair cover spread.
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.
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
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.
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
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 kind of confident debut that radiates personality and visual flair while retaining a quietly fluttering heart.
February 16, 2010
Ford is good, even innovative, in those scenes where he near-subliminally varies colour, tone and texture from shot to shot, in subtle correspondence with the changing emotions.
February 16, 2010
A Single Man is measured, ironic, stylish and very slight. It would have been much slighter without the performance of Colin Firth holding it together.
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 16, 2010
It's fantastic - stunning to look at, with a career best performance from Firth, and a genuinely affecting story.
February 12, 2010
Whether viewers embrace its aesthetic as part of Ford's worldview or get annoyed by the fashion-spread-ishness of A Single Man's look, there's no denying the emotional impact of this superb adaptation.
February 12, 2010
Exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar.
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