The Normal Heart debuted on HBO last night and reviews for the AIDS drama directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy have been overwhelmingly positive.
In real life, Matt Bomer is married to Simon Halls, but in the made-for-TV film based on Larry Kramer's acclaimed stage play, he plays the lover of Mark Ruffalo's Ned Weeks - a crusader for rights and research in the days when the disease wasn't even publicly acknowledged by politicians.
Check out some of the rapturous acclaim for the film and its lead performances below:
The Normal Heart will drive any viewer with a heart at all to tears. - Gail Pennington
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