The Normal Heart Reviews: Real Life Drama At Its Finest

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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

A passionately written and heart-wrenching portrayal of real life events. - John Hanlon

The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we've come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS. - Ed Bark

It's a movie packed with sublime performances and searlingly memorable moments. - Mark Dawidziak

In shocking, unflinching detail it reminds us that silence most assuredly equals death. - Al Alexander

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