A Single Man

A Single Man

A Single Man

This is the feature film debut from fashion designer Tom Ford (the man responsible for the overhaul of the Gucci label in the late '90s/early '00s and for setting up his own fashion house called, naturally, Tom Ford).

The film, based on the Christopher Isherwood novel of the same name, charts a day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth) a gay British college professor living in L.A. in the '60s. His long-term partner has just died, and George is carefully planning his suicide.

BAFTA winner for Best Actor (Colin Firth), 2010. Volpi Cup winner (Best Performance) for Colin Firth, Venice Film Festival 2009.
2009Rating: M, Contains Adult Themes99 minsUSA
Drama
5%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Like the speck of sand that seeds a pearl, it’s the tiny fleck of kitsch at the heart of “A Single Man” that makes it luminous and treasurable, despite its imperfections.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

A Single Man is a slice of sophisticated cinema; it's slick (perhaps a little too much in places) but thanks to Colin Firth, it's a hypnotic film which will be cherished by many.

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

In A Single Man Colin Firth gives a performance of polished despair that fully deserves his Oscar nomination as best actor.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Colin Firth is outstanding in a Christopher Isherwood adaptation, but some scenes in Tom Ford's stylish directing debut are outrageously ad-like.

3.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Beautiful and utterly lifeless.

2.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Firth is just one reason to see this film.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sensitive and stylish.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It sounds like a downer but A Single Man is exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar.

4.0
0
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

press

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.

0

This has become one of my favourite films of all time. Colin Firth captures the sense of the narrator George absolutely perfectly - his phrases haunt you long after the film ends. The cinematography is so cleverly done - with the different coloured tints/lighting to indicate certain things, and all the symbols such as the clocks ticking... it all adds to...

5.0
0

Immaculate design and gorgeous cinematography, every frame is infused with a sensual warmth. Colin Firth is simply wonderful in a fantastically understated performance. He expresses a huge amount of emotion with a minimal amount of expression. Outstanding acting in a stylish and emotionally charged film

4.0
0

Not your usual film at all, so glossy and ad-like as others have said, but I liked it a lot. Its poetic, a very careful study, with admirable acting. I enjoyed the overall mood and simple complexity.

4.0
0

This movie has the most off-putting trailer we have ever seen, so it comes as a total surprise that it is such a good movie. A very simple story but the acting is superb and the filming and settings are up to the same standard. Highly recommended.

4.0
0

a very pleasant watch.

4.0
0

Truly deserves the excellent press it has been getting. BAFTA well deserved and OSCAR nomination certainly appropriate too - nice one Colin! I usually can't stand Julianne Moore, and think this was the best from her in a long, long time too. Definitely worth a look if you like quality film. Oddly enough too, it won't be the same at home on DVD, without some...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Like the speck of sand that seeds a pearl, it’s the tiny fleck of kitsch at the heart of “A Single Man” that makes it luminous and treasurable, despite its imperfections.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

A Single Man is a slice of sophisticated cinema; it's slick (perhaps a little too much in places) but thanks to Colin Firth, it's a hypnotic film which will be cherished by many.

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

In A Single Man Colin Firth gives a performance of polished despair that fully deserves his Oscar nomination as best actor.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Colin Firth is outstanding in a Christopher Isherwood adaptation, but some scenes in Tom Ford's stylish directing debut are outrageously ad-like.

3.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Beautiful and utterly lifeless.

2.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Firth is just one reason to see this film.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sensitive and stylish.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It sounds like a downer but A Single Man is exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar.

4.0
0
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

press

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.

0

This has become one of my favourite films of all time. Colin Firth captures the sense of the narrator George absolutely perfectly - his phrases haunt you long after the film ends. The cinematography is so cleverly done - with the different coloured tints/lighting to indicate certain things, and all the symbols such as the clocks ticking... it all adds to...

5.0
0

Immaculate design and gorgeous cinematography, every frame is infused with a sensual warmth. Colin Firth is simply wonderful in a fantastically understated performance. He expresses a huge amount of emotion with a minimal amount of expression. Outstanding acting in a stylish and emotionally charged film

4.0
0

Not your usual film at all, so glossy and ad-like as others have said, but I liked it a lot. Its poetic, a very careful study, with admirable acting. I enjoyed the overall mood and simple complexity.

4.0
0

This movie has the most off-putting trailer we have ever seen, so it comes as a total surprise that it is such a good movie. A very simple story but the acting is superb and the filming and settings are up to the same standard. Highly recommended.

4.0
0

a very pleasant watch.

4.0
0

Truly deserves the excellent press it has been getting. BAFTA well deserved and OSCAR nomination certainly appropriate too - nice one Colin! I usually can't stand Julianne Moore, and think this was the best from her in a long, long time too. Definitely worth a look if you like quality film. Oddly enough too, it won't be the same at home on DVD, without...

5.0
0