(2009)

Critic Reviews

77

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100
Chicago Tribune
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 seem new anyway. A Single Man is one such film, one of the best of 2009
100
A singularly enjoyable and moving film.
91
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 break yours as well.
90
For the most part, Ford has done good by the film, infusing a sad story with warmth and humor to spare. While loss is what makes George's experience universal, heart is what gives him such life.
90
An exquisite, almost sensual grief suffuses every frame of A Single Man.
88
The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career.
88
There's a lot, in fact, that keeps this film from greatness. One performance alone recommends it. That's enough.
80
The striking directorial debut from fashion designer Tom Ford -- is so unusually beautiful it would be easy to dismiss it as superficial.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Sensitive and stylish.
75
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 unexplored: The grief from which there really can be no return.
75
Though the deliberate pace can feel slow to glacial at times, the visuals are gorgeous, and the melancholy mood is exquisitely evoked.
63
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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