A Single Man
A Single Man (2009)

In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim. George dwells on the past and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the costumes are beautiful and the art direction impeccable, what stands out most from this debut by fashion designer Tom Ford is the leading performance by Colin Firth.

Ed Koch
The Atlantic

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A Single Man still stands as a vivid portrait of life behind a veil, and Firth certainly delivers one of the best performances of the year.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

What the film does fumble is the relationship between George and a student (Nicholas Hoult) whose gaydar he must have set off.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

His first time out, Ford has made one of the best films of the year.

Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine

A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Ford's eye for period detail is exact; brief cutaways, incisive dialogue, and charged glances telegraph the cold-war paranoia and sexual alienation of the early 60s.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

In this beautifully tailored drama, content and style have as vital a relationship as George and Jim did. The one would be lost without the other.

Glenn Dunks

Ford's film is an addict for prettiness and in the process resembles an excessively over-designed photo shoot rather than a film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A deeply touching film with a beautiful cinematography and art direction, a wonderful score and a remarkable direction by fashion designer Tom Ford. Still, what… More
Chris Weber
Based on a novel, this is the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford. And, you know what, if he wanted to, the man could make a second career for… More
Candy Rose
Warning spoilers! Colin Firth gives a great performance. Set in the 1960s Colin is a college professor in LA. He gets devastating news about his partner of 16… More
Spencer S.
It's always enjoyable to see the critics split over certain subject material, bringing out true colors where none shown before. In this instance, most… More
Ken Stachnik
One of the best of the year. Absolutely beautiful on every level. Stunning performances. I heart Tom Ford.
Mark Walker
In the words of Colin Firth's character: "If there's going to be a world where there's no time for sentiment, then that's a world I… More