Solitary Man Reviews

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July 2, 2010
It's a fascinating character study isolated within a mediocre film.
July 2, 2010
Yet more proof that Michael Douglas can do anything he pleases so long as he's playing a jerk.
July 1, 2010
Nobody does oily like Michael Douglas.
June 25, 2010
The empty guy at the beginning of this movie is pretty much the same empty guy by its end.
June 23, 2010
Wicked, blunt writing, a great supporting cast and Douglas doing variations of other sleazy womanizers he's played make this a tart, terse treat.
June 18, 2010
You'd think Michael Douglas has played the charming cad on screen once too often, but damned if he doesn't pull it off once more in grand style.
June 17, 2010
It's a smart, funny film that flirts with the edge.
June 11, 2010
Though this drama by writer-director Brian Koppelman hardly measures up to Wonder Boys, it comes a lot closer than King of California.
June 10, 2010
Michael Douglas is at his best when playing a character at his worst.
June 10, 2010
Why do we keep watching this sad, sad man? Because he's ecstatic as long as he avoids facing reality, and Douglas makes that ecstasy a marvelous thing to behold.
June 10, 2010
In its scruffy, take-me-or-leave-me way, it deserves attention.
June 10, 2010
The film is all about Ben Kalman, but one of the strengths of Michael Douglas' performance is that he isn't playing a character. He's playing a character who is playing a character.
June 1, 2010
The role is so tailor-made for Douglas, who has put in years of screen time on the horizontal, that the rest of the story has to fit in around him, leaving scant room for maneuver.
May 21, 2010
A sharp, small-scale comedy of male misbehavior that turns out to be one of this dreary spring's pleasant cinematic surprises.
May 21, 2010
Douglas' juiciest vehicle since Wonder Boys.
May 21, 2010
Koppleman and his co-director, David Levien, hit the right tone early -- empathetic yet brutally honest -- and Douglas' absorbing, minutely detailed performance sustains it.
May 21, 2010
There's the honest sleaziness of Kalmen's character. There's the camerawork, which is unblinking. And there's the story itself, which while offering perhaps too pat an explanation, provides few excuses and no easy end.
May 21, 2010
Solitary Man gives Douglas a chance to act, not merely posture or show off for the camera. It's some of the finest, least forced work he has done in years.
May 20, 2010
Solitary Man intends to be shocking, and has been rewarded with some respectful reviews. But ticket buyer beware -- the film's real shocker is its unpleasantness.
May 20, 2010
The bumps in the narrative can be jarring, but Douglas never makes a false move, delivering a tour de force in human weakness.
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