California Solo
California Solo (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 30, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2013
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

Carlyle gives a nuanced performance--perhaps too nuanced, as the character's overall arc amounts to a blip of resignation.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Eric Kohn

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

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John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

It is not that the film is bad or boring so much as it is forgettable.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ella Taylor

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.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Clunky and lacks bite, but mostly engrossing thanks to Robert Carlyle's heartfelt, nuanced performance that adds complexity which the screenplay lacks.

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