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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 20 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Douglas never makes a false move, delivering a tour de force in human weakness. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    What joy it is to watch the man (Douglas) slime himself on camera. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film's real shocker is its unpleasantness. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Solitary Man is a wafer-thin film with a river-deep, mountain-high performance from Douglas. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Michael Douglas in Solitary Man, has all the tools of the man who plays him at his disposal. At times in this often engaging, occasionally meandering movie, that's enough to score. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    This attractive cast may help get an audience, but they will surely puzzle over such a downward-spiraling story that lacks inner logic. show more

  • 65

    The best scenes in Solitary Man find Douglas at his most charming, dispensing nuggets of wisdom to whomever will listen. His may not be an altogether honorable life, but it's a life in full. show more

  • 65
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    As a character study Solitary Man, like Ben, has no center. What he amounts to is a pretty consistent set of attitudes and behaviors which, while shocking, are not all that interesting. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Douglas plays Ben as charismatic, he plays him shameless, he plays him as brave, and very gradually, he learns to play him as himself. That's the only role left. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Still, it's a pleasant surprise about an unpleasant guy brought to life by an ingratiating paradox, a movie star who has turned into a wily character man. show more

  • October 14, 2011 Gary H Mayer
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    If the 50ish lead is a \'Solitary Man\' I am a hermit. He had more \'friends\' and bed-mates than I\'ve had since I was in my mid-50\'s; and, I haven\'t been with my girlfriends\' 18 year old daughter. This was another chance for Douglas to show what an arrogant snob he is. Remember, Michael, \'The meek shall inherit the earth.\'

  • April 28, 2011 michaelaskidmore
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    thought it was excellent and a sad commentary on many of us guys ********** to grow up

  • February 05, 2011 miracleman
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    This is a sleeper. I watched this movie last night. Never did I expect this movie to be a great movie. This is his best film in the last ten years...a must see>>

  • September 12, 2010 rdrgzbrm
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    this is a movie like 50s that and old, old man with a very, very young girl makes up. Really? well really sick is what it is. I cant believe he made this movie.

  • August 29, 2010 Joe NB2D
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    the ending reminded me of the story in JHS, "Lady or the Tiger" Which door does the prince choose?

  • July 25, 2010 asarnel
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    This was his worse mobie yet. It did not make sense--"Dumb" is he only way to discribe it. The ending left me and all that saw it hanging. It started off building me up and it just got too boring. DON'T WAST YOUR MONEY THIS MOVIE GET NO STARS FROM ME!

  • July 19, 2010 DVolley8
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    horrible!!!! And ending was the worst!!!

  • July 19, 2010 mitchburman
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    A good look into life and love. Well acted and directed.

  • July 18, 2010 vonwoomer
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    Who rated this 4 stars..It has no redeeming qualities...boring, slow, debauched theme, vulgar.......irreverant in every way.. It was too much to give it one star...Another Hollywood piece of garbage..

  • July 14, 2010 fburcaw
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    I liked the movie and especially the acting by Michael. However, it is funny to watch his antics in this movie, knowing that in real life he is married to one of the most beautiful young woman on earth. I was not satisfied with the ending, however, since it offers no resolution.


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