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The Normal Heart (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Thanks to Emmy-worthy performances from a reputable cast, The Normal Heart is not only a powerful, heartbreaking drama, but also a vital document of events leading up to and through the early AIDS crisis.

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This drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. -- (C) HBO

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Cast

Mark Ruffalo
as Ned Weeks
Matt Bomer
as Felix Turner
Taylor Kitsch
as Bruce Niles
Jim Parsons
as Tommy Boatwright
Julia Roberts
as Dr. Emma Brookner
Alfred Molina
as Ben Weeks
Joe Mantello
as Mickey Marcus
Denis O'Hare
as Hiram Keebler
Corey Stoll
as John Bruno
B.D. Wong
as Buzzy
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Critic Reviews for The Normal Heart

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (24)

There is less reporting on poverty in America than on any other major societal issue. So it is with AIDS. That alone makes The Normal Heart an important film.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
The New Republic
Top Critic

If anger and suffering were all there were to The Normal Heart, watching it would be torture. Luckily, it has heart to match its guts.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Matt Bomer is heartbreaking as a New York Times style reporter looking for love in a loveless city. His physical transformation is astonishing and agonizing.

Full Review… | May 28, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Time, and rewrites, have softened some of the play's stridency. More important, the romance between Weeks (Ruffalo) and his lover, Felix (Bomer), is given a more prominent role as is Felix's death spiral, giving the story power both broad and intimate.

Full Review… | May 28, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Moving, well acted and important for a generation who may be unfamiliar with the source material. But the TV version, also written by Kramer, doesn't have the emotional heft of the play.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Denver Post
Top Critic

Watch at your own risk, but to not watch the film - or more importantly, learn from it - is an even higher risk.

Full Review… | May 26, 2014
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for The Normal Heart

½

With wonderful performances from an excellent cast, this extremely important, heartbreaking and infuriating drama exposes the revolting indifference and intolerance of American authorities in the early years of the AIDS epidemics, which cost the lives of a lot of gay people.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

A profoundly moving film (even if a bit awkward in transitioning from stage to screenplay). A remarkable performance by Ruffalo, of a caliber I have never seen from him before. A great performance from Roberts as well. For those under 30 years old, this is an effective way of communicating the desperation and fear of a time that should not be forgotten. Highly recommended.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

A fine effort but And the Band Played On and Longtime Companion told similar stories better.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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