California Solo Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 1, 2013
Lewy's script doesn't cop out with any sentimental redemption, but neither does it establish why the self-destructive Lachlan deserves our sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 11, 2013
Mainly worth seeing as a showcase for the appealing Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, who plays a has-been rocker reduced to eking out a living on an organic farm in Southern California.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2012
In some sense, "California Solo" is like meeting an engaging stranger: At first there's a certain air of enigmatic mystery that makes you want to spend time with them, but eventually things turn awkward and you just want to get away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 30, 2012
The story trickles to a disappointing close. But Carlyle, who first gained attention here for his unforgettable work in "Trainspotting," remains an essential character actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 29, 2012
It treats its themes of guilt and responsibility with delicate tact and a precise eye for the neglected commitments that stubbornly dog a man trying his damnedest to efface himself from the world.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 29, 2012
A wry, mournful study of midlife crisis ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 29, 2012
Carlyle commits 100%, making Lachlan a guy worth watching, even when we know exactly where he's going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 29, 2012
The movie becomes a character sketch, carried by its wealth of detail and a fantastic Carlyle performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 28, 2012
There's a lovely gravity and specificity to the story that transcends instances of bumpy filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 28, 2012
The star is vibrant and touching in every scene, often providing character revelations where none appear in the script.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
November 27, 2012
Any transformation feels like a device, and any modest hopefulness comes across as simply the unearned wishful thinking of the filmmaker.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
November 27, 2012
Lewy's film functions largely as a delivery system for Carlyle's performance. Luckily, Carlyle's tough, tender turn is strong enough to carry the load.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2012
Robert Carlyle's layered performance as an embittered musician facing his demons gives this fragile drama some emotional heft.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 26, 2012
Lewy's script is less attuned to the way rock 'n' rollers talk, and more concerned with pressing character and story details in as direct a fashion as possible.