A Single Man Synopsis
A gay professor (Colin Firth) plans to commit suicide in the wake of his lover's death.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Some films aren't revelations, exactly, but they burrow so deeply into old truths about love and loss and the mess and thrill of life, they...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Firth plays him as a man of his time who is also mournfully ahead of his time. He's addicted to his own broken heart. A Single Man may...
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By Bob Mondello
An exquisite, almost sensual grief suffuses every frame of A Single Man.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There’s a lot, in fact, that keeps this film from greatness. One performance alone recommends it. That’s enough.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The striking directorial debut from fashion designer Tom Ford -- is so unusually beautiful it would be easy to dismiss it as superficial.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Sensitive and stylish.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's hard to sell people on a movie about grief, but A Single Man deserves recognition for being about something real that usually goes...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though the deliberate pace can feel slow to glacial at times, the visuals are gorgeous, and the melancholy mood is exquisitely evoked.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A Single Man is like a big coffee table book on grief, loneliness, and loss - and mid-20th-century home design.
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Artistically told

By Usha L Paradise
While it started off a bit slow, it definitely picks up. One day in the life of this single man - and life keeps messing up his plans. But as he quotes in the movie, "Experience is not what happens...

Visually beautiful, emotionally devastating!

By klv12
Colin Firth will make you forever forget him as Mr. Darcy; this is the role of his career. The emotional restraint he employs in portraying the title character makes this movie a journey of...

the single man

By fandecinema
A story of two gay men. very very slow,boring and uninteresting . sorry,not my cup of tea. Guy...

A Single Man is Excellent

By maxmiles
Colin Firth owns this movie. He gets Isherwood's George perfectly. His gestures and expression convey so much with so little. The movie is hardly filled with action, but it swept me away with the...

the quiet man

By golferette
Best of Colin Firth....

A Single Man

By flimflamfilm
Interesting subtle film..seems influenced visually by the great Italian films of the 50's and 60's. Definitely worthwhile...Colin Firth gives an incredible performance....

Five Word Review

By RSMMathews
Beautiful but gay.... very gay...

A Gem You Should See

By gdamovies
Colin Firth captures all of the pain, wonder and joy of loving and losing the love of your life in his face. This is his best performance to date. Tom Ford's directorial debut shines with each...

A Single Man

By zazu pitts
Lovely moving film, beautifully directed and art directed....but then i would expect that from tom ford! Colin Firth should get the academy award for this one. [much more so than jeff bridges as...

A Single Man

By nbcboogieman
While it may be slow moving at times, A SINGLE MAN is on par with films such as AMERICAN BEAUTY. Colin Firth's performance was incredible and director Tom Ford showed his flawless attention to detail...

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Rated R | For nudity and mature theme
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Mature drama about loss is visually striking but hollow.
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