Holding The Man (2015)



Critic Consensus: Heart-wrenching performances center Holding the Man, an achingly beautiful portrayal of love and death that may be too real for some.


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Tim and John fell in love and embarked on a forbidden high school romance that was to last a lifetime. Together they conquered countless prejudices and challenges to become champions of gay rights.

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Critic Reviews for Holding The Man

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (2)

Meant as a passionate chronicle of a great love, and a sobering reminder of the stigma of AIDS, the pic blandly conjures these sentiments and stands as one of the more wrong-footed evocations of coming out in the 1970s and '80s.

Jan 6, 2016 | Full Review…
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An affecting and unexpectedly funny tale of two lovers who had the misfortune to come of age during the burgeoning HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980's.

Aug 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Here's a true story, honestly told, that will see audiences genuinely moved.

Sep 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though it never shakes off its stage-play origins, it's a touching piece, clear-eyed about the temptations, disapproval and tragedy the couple endured.

Jan 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There will not be a dry eye in the cinema.

Jun 5, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Told with a lovely romantic sweep and full of raw, honest emotion, this is a gay love story that's also just a great love story, full stop. Yay.

Jun 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Holding The Man

Beautiful and affecting. I was not expecting such a graceful love story and poignant tragedy, even though I knew this film was about a gay relationship set in the 1970's and 1980's, during the height of the AIDS panic. Decent acting all around, with Corr of particular note. If you want a good cry over strength, love, loss and injustice, "Holding The Man" is a great place to start.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Very moving. Have to admit, I tried to read the book a few years back and couldn't get into it, so I was a little worried I may not like this either. However, it was a rare case where the movie was better (or maybe just me at the time I tried to read the book). Not much I can say about the plot - gay couple who meet in their teens in the 70's, their lives and families and eventually succumbing to AIDS. Yes, there was a few tears and frustration at the parents attitudes.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


The jumps in time can be a bit distracting (even though I understand the point and it makes sense for the film to be structured like that), but this is a very sad, tragic story told in a very honest way and with excellent performances by Ryan Corr, Craig Stott and Anthony LaPaglia.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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