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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Fans can be forgiven for offering this predictable indie some excess generosity, simply because writer-director Marshall Lewy had the good sense to build a movie around such a versatile lead. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The minor-key film benefits from Robert Carlyle's soulful performance in the central role, bouncing back and forth between dulled resignation and self-destructive anger. show more

  • 70
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Even with its strong supporting cast, I doubt this small, finely observed movie would have seen the commercial light of day without Carlyle in the lead. Amid the deafening roar of big Oscar-bait pictures, I'm glad it's there. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    In a bravura performance that is the primary don't-miss reason for its existence, he (Carlyle) gives California Solo all he's got; even in scenes that just exist to pass the time, his presence informs the essence of the man he plays and the humanity of the film itself. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Carlyle gives a quietly engaging performance as a Golden State farmworker with a secret in the likable indie California Solo. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Robert Carlyle's performance compensates for the film's less successful elements and even makes you wonder if they might be strengths. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Lewy’s script doesn’t cop out with any sentimental redemption, but neither does it establish why the self-destructive Lachlan deserves our sympathy. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    Marshall 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. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    There's a lovely gravity and specificity to the story that transcends instances of bumpy filmmaking. show more

  • 75
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Even as California Solo plays like a track we've heard before, it's still worth a listen. show more

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