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California Solo Reviews

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Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
November 24, 2012
Robert Carlyle's performance compensates for the film's less successful elements and even makes you wonder if they might be strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
December 31, 2012
Carlyle gives a nuanced performance--perhaps too nuanced, as the character's overall arc amounts to a blip of resignation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 1, 2012
Clunky and lacks bite, but mostly engrossing thanks to Robert Carlyle's heartfelt, nuanced performance that adds complexity which the screenplay lacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.95/10
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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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Robert Koehler
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.
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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
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
December 8, 2012
It is not that the film is bad or boring so much as it is forgettable.
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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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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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Robert Levin
November 30, 2012
Anchored by Robert Carlyle's strong, naturalistic performance, in which he relies on his big smile and sad eyes in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Cole Smithey
November 23, 2012
One of the U.K.'s unsung character-actors, Carlyle sinks his teeth in and gives a remarkable performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Eric Kohn
November 29, 2012
Even as California Solo plays like a track we've heard before, it's still worth a listen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 17, 2012
Lewy avoids the trite path to redemption, choosing instead to keep this a study of man in midlife crisis, understated and realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
Miles Fielder
The List
June 27, 2012
Carlyle carries the film with a typically dedicated performance. And he can carry a tune, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 29, 2012
A wry, mournful study of midlife crisis ...
| Original Score: 5/5
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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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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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