Solitary Man
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Michael Douglas stars in this dialogue-driven comedy drama about an ethically challenged New York businessman who finds his life falling apart due to a series of career missteps and personal foul-ups. Once upon a time, Ben Kalmen (Douglas) had everything a man could possibly want -- a high-paying job, a beautiful wife, and a spacious Manhattan apartment -- but now all of that is a distant memory. The former owner of a successful auto dealership, Ben has recently lost everything thanks to his own inability to resist his impulses. But the resilient Ben isn't the type of guy to stay down for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a fascinating character study isolated within a mediocre film."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The empty guy at the beginning of this movie is pretty much the same empty guy by its end."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There's no likeability anywhere in this film."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Gripping drama about getting older; with drinking, sex."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"A walking, talking screenplay."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Yet more proof that Michael Douglas can do anything he pleases so long as he's playing a jerk."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Wicked, blunt writing, a great supporting cast and Douglas doing variations of other sleazy womanizers he's played make this a tart, terse treat."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The film begins and ends with scenes of acute existential reflection, a state actors rarely convey convincingly-least of all in a contemporary American film."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"Michael Douglas gives his most accomplished and satisfying peformance in a decade (since Wonder Boys in 2000), playing a role that suits him like a silk glove."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Koppelman?s script is awash in phony scenarios."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Nobody does oily like Michael Douglas."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"You'd think Michael Douglas has played the charming cad on screen once too often, but damned if he doesn't pull it off once more in grand style."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Douglas has a good supporting cast to work with though -- he's not the whole show despite appearing in every scene."
‑ , Christian Science Monitor
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"A terrific turn by Douglas, and strong support, elevates this character-driven drama above its unlikeable protagonist."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
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