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Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 2, 2014
He's The Terminator's distant cousin. He's Solo, and he's jerrybuilt from parts of so many other movies that it's hard to recognize a single original element in this android-warrior saga with Mario Van Peebles in the thankless title role.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
July 27, 2014
The action is neither big nor imaginatively filmed enough to satisfy fans of the genre, though Van Peebles seems to be enjoying his crack at sad-eyed, Chaplinesque pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 28, 2013
These escapist showdown movies are only as good as their villains and heroes. The heavies here are more of those ubiquitous gung-ho military types who are due to be dishonorably discharged from further cinematic duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jason Caro
Radio Times
May 28, 2013
There are too many moments of unintentional comedy caused by the ropey macho dialogue and the hammy performances of bad guys William Sadler and Barry Corbin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
May 28, 2013
Here's a surprise tucked into the languishing days of summer movies. Arriving with hardly any attention is a satisfying, even fun, action picture about a futuristic soldier named Solo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Gustafson
AV Club
May 28, 2013
Since the hero and the villains are equally mechanical, the big, loud battles are as exciting and suspenseful as watching people play Mortal Kombat for 90 minutes.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 28, 2013
Solo is at least instructive as a miscellany of action movie cliches in one neat and depressing package.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 28, 2013
Solo contains the usual shoot-'em-ups, an undistinguished performance from Van Peebles, plus lots of crummy dialogue.

TV Guide
July 28, 2009
Mindless entertainment for the end of the summer, with emphasis on the mindless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Leonard Klady
August 5, 2006
The best one can say for Norberto Barba is that he directs a slick piece of goods. But no amount of fast cutting or tempo can disguise the material's simplistic, thoughtless nature.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It simply plods along to it's inevitable, uninvolving and pretty uninteresting end.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Greg Muskewitz
July 11, 2003
Silly action yarn furthering the demise of van Peebles.
| Original Score: 1/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
It's not a great film, but it is a little above average.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The film ends up having more laughs than a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
Since filmgoers are told early on that there is only one other super-cyborg prototype in the world, well, guess what the big climax is?
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A lackluster action-adventure.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
As movie androids go, Solo is a softie, and that's his problem.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It's all painfully formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
It's not a very good movie, but it is interesting.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Solo unspools with the intelligence and sophistication of a junior-grade comic book.
| Original Score: 4/10
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