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Based on 25 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Almost frighteningly alive. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A quietly soulful study of two very different men. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It is both funny and sad, placid and provocative and, above all, hopeful and despairing. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Wherever you live, when this film opens, it will be the best film in town. show more

  • 100
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    At heart, though, every moviegoer can recognize a love story, no matter how unusual the context. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The acting's so true, and Bahrani's so observant, you find yourself caring about everyone onscreen. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The role of William is a perfect fit for Red West, a well-weathered member of Elvis Presley's Memphis Mafia who has served as a bodyguard as well as a stuntman and bit-part actor. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It sounds like the old unstoppable-force-meets-immovable-object trick. Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo has the trappings of such a story, but, mercifully, none of the follow-through. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    It's intelligent and emotional, not studied or sappy. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Ultimately, Goodbye Solo works because the screenplay, actors, and director combine to craft honest, compelling individuals. show more

  • April 22, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Good human drama movie but over-rated by critics.

  • September 06, 2009 Walden III
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    The acting was good. The plot more than poor - this film is an expanded art movie with pretensions of intellectual superlatives – which failed miserably. At the heart of this movie is a kernel of desire by the author/producer/director to elevate other cultures and races and to diminish and depress western culture as pathetic and depressed. I beg to differ. From Aristotle and Plato, Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, St. Augustine, Abelard, Galileo, Keppler, More and Erasmus, from Petrarch and Michelangelo, DaVinci, Bacon, Newton, Voltaire, Shakespeare, John Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Montaigne, DesCarte, Hugo, Dreiser, Hemingway, Marquez, Einstein, GW Carver, and a host of others (of all races and cultures who embraced western culture) that has made western civilization the shining light on the mountain – the plot of Goodby Solo is but a slug that worms its way through the slime of envy in order to diminish, not to expand and merge the brilliance of culture. Frankly, I sense at heart this is a movie about hate – about a minority of people who hate American culture. It’s a good think that Oprah bankrolled this movie, which only captured only an audience that despises western culture. It’s time that America and western culture stop apologizing for its greatness, and move on in

  • May 31, 2009 judyeberhart
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    I thought the acting was good and kept wanting to like this film but, in the end it just put me to sleep. I was very disappointed in this film and would not recommend.

  • May 23, 2009 mjay3
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    We saw it today and thought it very well done. When acting is so felt and not acting it becomes believable. An uneasy flow between drama and dark delicate humor. I recommend it.

  • May 02, 2009 kgreeney
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    Sometimes I read the Critic Reviews and think I am in another world. I thought the acting was just poor. This film is not going anywhere

  • April 09, 2009 Karyn Paris
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    Very touching beautiful story. Acting wonderful and never bored. Truly inspirational.

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