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A Single Man (2009)



Critic 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.

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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 cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately lead him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future.

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Colin Firth
as George Falconer
Julianne Moore
as Charlotte
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Mrs. Strunk
Ryan Simpkins
as Jennifer Strunk
Teddy Sears
as Mr. Strunk
Paul Butler
as Christopher Strunk
Aaron Sanders
as Tom Strunk
Keri Lynn Pratt
as Blonde Secretary
Jenna Gavigan
as Other Secretary #1
Alicia Carr
as Other Secretary #2
Lee Pace
as Grant
Ridge Canipe
as Young Boy
Elisabeth Harnois
as Young Woman
Erin Daniels
as Bank Teller
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Critic Reviews for A Single Man

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (50)

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.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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A Single man is beautiful to look at, exquisitely told and possessed of a rare casual-paced charm that most other film makers take a career to evolve.

February 24, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel.

February 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The private tragedy of George is never transformed into the gripping stuff of public drama; his story doesn't become our story. While A Single Man may dazzle the eye, it leaves the heart untouched.

February 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Delicately, and rather brilliantly, Firth suggests how his quiet heroism is mingled with notes of irony and self-deprecation. It is a poignant, deeply compassionate portrait.

February 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Single Man

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 stands out more than anything else is Colin Firth's fantastic leading performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 years, who died in an accident and Colin isn't welcome to the funeral. He decides he is going to commit suicide. After interactions with different characters he decides not to do it but iconically suffers a heart attack.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


One of the best of the year. Absolutely beautiful on every level. Stunning performances. I heart Tom Ford.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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