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The American military-industrial complex has a blueprint for the perfect mechanical soldier. Unfortunately, the prototype, Solo (Mario Van Peebles), has responded appropriately to his programming (which requires him to reason things out on his own), with results that the designers didn't anticipate and don't like. For one thing, he objects to killing innocent bystanders. Already one of their covert operations has been ruined by his scruples. The manufacturers have given orders that he is to be taken back to the lab and reprogrammed. Now on the run from his makers, he comes to a village… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The action is neither big nor imaginatively filmed enough to satisfy fans of the genre, though Van Peebles seems to be enjoying his crack at sad-eyed, Chaplinesque pathos."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"Since the hero and the villains are equally mechanical, the big, loud battles are as exciting and suspenseful as watching people play Mortal Kombat for 90 minutes."
‑ John Gustafson, AV Club
"He's The Terminator's distant cousin. He's Solo, and he's jerrybuilt from parts of so many other movies that it's hard to recognize a single original element in this android-warrior saga with Mario Van Peebles in the thankless title role."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Mindless entertainment for the end of the summer, with emphasis on the mindless."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's not a great film, but it is a little above average."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"These escapist showdown movies are only as good as their villains and heroes. The heavies here are more of those ubiquitous gung-ho military types who are due to be dishonorably discharged from further cinematic duty."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Solo is at least instructive as a miscellany of action movie cliches in one neat and depressing package."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"There are too many moments of unintentional comedy caused by the ropey macho dialogue and the hammy performances of bad guys William Sadler and Barry Corbin."
‑ Jason Caro, Radio Times
"It simply plods along to it's inevitable, uninvolving and pretty uninteresting end."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The film ends up having more laughs than a comedy."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
"Here's a surprise tucked into the languishing days of summer movies. Arriving with hardly any attention is a satisfying, even fun, action picture about a futuristic soldier named Solo."
‑ Doug Thomas, Seattle Times
"The best one can say for Norberto Barba is that he directs a slick piece of goods. But no amount of fast cutting or tempo can disguise the material's simplistic, thoughtless nature."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Solo contains the usual shoot-'em-ups, an undistinguished performance from Van Peebles, plus lots of crummy dialogue."
‑ Rod Dreher, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Silly action yarn furthering the demise of van Peebles."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"It's not a very good movie, but it is interesting."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
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