1985 (2018)

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Critic Consensus: 1985 pays tribute to a generation of lost lives with a powerfully made look at how HIV and the social attitudes surrounding homosexuality affect one man's choices.

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Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, "Gotham") returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung, "The Gifted"), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, "1985" takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7)

1985 feels like a missing minor classic from the decade that preceded the rise of the so-called New Queer Cinema.

Oct 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A moving cinematic sketch of a HIV-infected man living through the height of the plague.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This profoundly resonant, smartly understated black-and-white film greatly benefits from more than 30 years worth of sociosexual perspective that reminds us how much has changed, yet how much else has not.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

All the performances are very good (though one might ask why no one has a regional accent), with stage-trained Smith providing a center of quiet intensity.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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It is a haunting elegy for a generation of gay men.

Mar 16, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
indieWire
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This is a realistic, discreet, yet exploratory film that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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