The Normal Heart Reviews

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May 29, 2014
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.
May 29, 2014
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.
May 28, 2014
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.
May 28, 2014
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.
May 27, 2014
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.
May 26, 2014
Watch at your own risk, but to not watch the film - or more importantly, learn from it - is an even higher risk.
May 26, 2014
Overscored and overwrought, The Normal Heart is a tough pill to swallow. The direction of Ryan Murphy (Glee) is piercingly staccato (and visually inconsistent). The tender moments don't resonate, and the fraught moments feel hysterical.
May 23, 2014
In a film directed by Ryan Murphy and with strong performances, including those by Mr. Ruffalo, Ms. Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Alfred Molina, Mr. Mantello's anguished lament may be the most haunting.
May 23, 2014
Some 30 years later, this movie-strident, passionate, frenetic, and aching-is a reminder, as Memorial Day weekend begins the summer, of all those empty spots the plague left on the beach.
May 23, 2014
The Normal Heart will drive any viewer with a heart at all to tears.
May 23, 2014
The powerful film, adapted from the 1985 play by Larry Kramer, joins the best of the genre - Longtime Companion, Parting Glances, An Early Frost, Philadelphia, the shattering documentary Silverlake Life - as a monument to the lives lost.
May 23, 2014
You will learn lessons that should not be forgotten about the fear, foolishness, prejudice and intentional blindness that doomed millions to die who might otherwise have been saved. But the anger that lesson should provoke is either muted or missing.
May 22, 2014
The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we've come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS.
Top Critic
May 22, 2014
Powerful, still full of anger, and hard to watch.
May 22, 2014
The Normal Heart is a blunt, effective instrument, a handsome, walloping cudgel that begins in gay paradise on the eve of the apocalypse: Fire Island, 1982.
May 22, 2014
You should watch because Larry Kramer's play is so much more than an agitprop relic from the early years of AIDS - it is a great play that has become an even greater television film.
May 22, 2014
Perhaps it's time for a film about the AIDS crisis that's this emotional, in-your-face, and even manipulative. Be moved. Be angry.
May 22, 2014
The Normal Heart manages to work both sides of the issue - the anger at inaction and those complicit in turning a blind eye, and the personal toll the disease took.
May 22, 2014
Unfortunately, powerful as the play is, Ryan Murphy's adaptation of it makes for a cinematic tearjerker that's more relentless than it is masterful.
May 22, 2014
It's a frightening thing to see, and an example of how Mr. Kramer and Mr. Murphy take one of the play's strong points and, through the flexibility afforded by film, make it even more powerful.
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