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Solitary Man Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 18, 2014
There's no likeability anywhere in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
The film begins and ends with scenes of acute existential reflection, a state actors rarely convey convincingly-least of all in a contemporary American film.

Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
Douglas has a good supporting cast to work with though -- he's not the whole show despite appearing in every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Gripping drama about getting older; with drinking, sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
December 15, 2010
Michael Douglas gives his most accomplished and satisfying peformance in a decade (since Wonder Boys in 2000), playing a role that suits him like a silk glove.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
November 11, 2010
A walking, talking screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 12, 2010
Koppelman?s script is awash in phony scenarios.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
October 8, 2010
A terrific turn by Douglas, and strong support, elevates this character-driven drama above its unlikeable protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 22, 2010
The film's knotty relationships and crisp dialogue are surpassed only by Douglas' captivating turn as a troubled heel whose pathetic behavior fools no one, least of all himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
September 11, 2010
... [Michael] Douglas never drops the charm or the confidence, his greed or lust or simple arrogance pumping up beyond caring when confronted with his own sleaze.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
August 13, 2010
It became such a bore that I found myself watching a 60-year-old man and repeatedly saying, Will you just grow up? It's just sad.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 13, 2010
A bit too-neatly designed as The Ultimate Michael Douglas Experience, it's an irresistible one-man show of arrogant entitlement and aching vulnerability.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 2, 2010
It's a fascinating character study isolated within a mediocre film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 2, 2010
Yet more proof that Michael Douglas can do anything he pleases so long as he's playing a jerk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 1, 2010
Nobody does oily like Michael Douglas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 1, 2010
Douglas gives a tour de force performance here and the rest of the cast is excellent as well. While I couldn't really buy Kalmen's behavior based on his motivations, Douglas does a tremendous job of selling this character anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 1, 2010
As much as Ben Kalmen is a terrific part for Douglas, it's a part that needs him more than he needs it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 30, 2010
How to root for Michael Douglas' lost soul
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 28, 2010
'Solitary Man' is to Michael Douglas as 'Crazy Heart' is to Jeff Bridges: a tailored showcase about a faded but unruly minor-league celebrity who's reluctant to trade his unhealthy horndog ways for what movie publicists like to call a shot at redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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