California Solo
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California Solo
Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting) stars in this touching, human story about post-fame life and personal redemption. Former Britpop rocker Lachlan MacAldonich (Carlyle) has settled into a comfortably numb existence just outside Los Angeles. By day, he works on an organic farm and travels regularly to the city's farmers' markets to sell produce. By night, he retreats to his crummy apartment to record "Flame-Outs," his podcast that recounts the tragic deaths of great musicians. The only spark in his humdrum existence is Beau (Alexia Rasmussen), a lovely struggling… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lewy's script doesn't cop out with any sentimental redemption, but neither does it establish why the self-destructive Lachlan deserves our sympathy."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The story trickles to a disappointing close. But Carlyle, who first gained attention here for his unforgettable work in "Trainspotting," remains an essential character actor."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Carlyle gives a nuanced performance--perhaps too nuanced, as the character's overall arc amounts to a blip of resignation."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"Anchored by Robert Carlyle's strong, naturalistic performance, in which he relies on his big smile and sad eyes in equal measure."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"Robert Carlyle's performance compensates for the film's less successful elements and even makes you wonder if they might be strengths."
‑ Tomas Hachard, Slant Magazine
"Mainly worth seeing as a showcase for the appealing Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, who plays a has-been rocker reduced to eking out a living on an organic farm in Southern California."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"It treats its themes of guilt and responsibility with delicate tact and a precise eye for the neglected commitments that stubbornly dog a man trying his damnedest to efface himself from the world."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"It is not that the film is bad or boring so much as it is forgettable."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"Even as California Solo plays like a track we've heard before, it's still worth a listen."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"One of the U.K.'s unsung character-actors, Carlyle sinks his teeth in and gives a remarkable performance."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"In some sense, "California Solo" is like meeting an engaging stranger: At first there's a certain air of enigmatic mystery that makes you want to spend time with them, but eventually things turn awkward and you just want to get away."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"A wry, mournful study of midlife crisis ..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Clunky and lacks bite, but mostly engrossing thanks to Robert Carlyle's heartfelt, nuanced performance that adds complexity which the screenplay lacks."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"No one has written a part for Robert Carlyle that gives him this kind of chance to show his range since The Full Monty. And that was 15 years ago."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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