75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
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.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Even as California Solo plays like a track we've heard before, it's still worth a listen.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's a lovely gravity and specificity to the story that transcends instances of bumpy filmmaking.
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70

NPR

By Ella Taylor
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.
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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.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Carlyle gives a quietly engaging performance as a Golden State farmworker with a secret in the likable indie California Solo.
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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.
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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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Lewy’s script doesn’t cop out with any sentimental redemption, but neither does it establish why the self-destructive Lachlan deserves our sympathy.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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