91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
With an outstanding screenplay by Brian Koppelman and disciplined direction by Koppelman and David Levien, a story that could have been generic (or worse, scented with flowery bulls---) turns into a precise, honest, and affecting drama.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Too shapeless and cursorily plotted to fully work as a story, but Koppelman and his co-director, David Levien, generously surround the hero with reliable actors doing solid work; if you can get past the catastrophe of Ben’s behavior, the film’s a genuine pleasure.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Solitary Man is a wafer-thin film with a river-deep, mountain-high performance from Douglas.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Douglas never makes a false move, delivering a tour de force in human weakness.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
What joy it is to watch the man (Douglas) slime himself on camera.
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65

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
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.
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65

NPR

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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This attractive cast may help get an audience, but they will surely puzzle over such a downward-spiraling story that lacks inner logic.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film's real shocker is its unpleasantness.
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69 out of 100
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