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The Normal Heart

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Ryan Murphy

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About the Movie

The early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in 1980s New York City is the focus of this searing HBO Films drama. Adapted from Larry Kramer's Tony(R)-winning play, the film provides an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Some 30 years later, this movie-strident, passionate, frenetic, and aching-is a reminder, as Memorial Day weekend begins the summer, of all those empty spots the plague left on the beach. – James Poniewozik, TIME Magazine, May 23, 2014

Fresh: You will learn lessons that should not be forgotten about the fear, foolishness, prejudice and intentional blindness that doomed millions to die who might otherwise have been saved. But the anger that lesson should provoke is either muted or missing. – Robert Bianco, USA Today, May 23, 2014

Fresh: Time, and rewrites, have softened some of the play's stridency. More important, the romance between Weeks (Ruffalo) and his lover, Felix (Bomer), is given a more prominent role as is Felix's death spiral, giving the story power both broad and intimate. – Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2014

Fresh: The Normal Heart manages to work both sides of the issue - the anger at inaction and those complicit in turning a blind eye, and the personal toll the disease took. – Tim Goodman, Hollywood Reporter, May 22, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Great movie

Great movie real eye opener, we have come along way but we still have a fight on our hands to be who we are and not have to be judged by others who think we are less than human for loving who we love.


Absolutely amazing. Stellar performances by all. Watched it twice in a row. Amazing to see how everything started and the brave ones who stood up to get things going in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Everyone (gay or straight, doesn't matter), needs to see this film. You'll definitely (hopefully) have an all new appreciation and deep respect at what people had to encounter to get where we are, and all because of the brave souls characterized in this film. Simply Amazing.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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