Goodbye Solo
Goodbye Solo (2009)

Goodbye Solo is the story of Solo, a kindhearted 34-year-old Senegalese taxi driver in North Carolina. He is hired by William, a tough 70-year-old white southerner, to drive him in two weeks time to a mountaintop from which William plans to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 27, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An original and thoughtful human drama, Goodbye Solo looks at relationships and loneliness while proving director Ramin Bahrani's is an important American voice.

Ronnie Scheib

Utterly engrossing dual-character study, unfolding with a serene disregard for indie quirkiness, Goodbye Solo radiates authenticity.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

Every moment -- including a physically exhausting climactic scene that both confounds expectations and compounds the film's poetic majesty -- is evidence of a masterpiece.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Goodbye Solo is Bahrani's best film so far, better even than Chop Shop. The images produced by Michael Simmonds, his regular cinematographer, are more definitive, more miniature.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

An endearing character piece shot through with beauty and humility in which, thanks to his leads' open, sometimes vulnerable performances, tolerance and respect take precedence.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

What happens in Goodbye Solo meets the complex demands of good classic storytelling.

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

Goodbye Solo feels lived-in rather than forced upon us. Bahrani, who is his own editor, and regular DP Michael Simmonds have a sad, solitary, streetlamp-lit feel for night-shift rhythms.

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Gautaman Bhaskaran
Hollywood Reporter

It is both funny and sad, placid and provocative and, above all, hopeful and despairing.

James Berardinelli

The lack of melodrama coupled with moments of quiet celebration make Goodbye Solo a more uplifting tale than one might expect with such a less-than-joyous premise.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Goodbye Solo relies on forced character dynamics and two clunkily directed, monotonous turns, in a milieu...that fails to take satisfactory shape.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Nothing short of Excellent. About a man who is about to end his life, and Solo played by Souléymane Sy Savané does everything he can't to prevent it from… More
Neum Daddy
As much as this title could've worked for the events at the end of Empire Strikes Back, a sequence of events forever frozen in movie carbonite of… More
Reza Mohseni
It deserved more attention.This small,independent movie easily touches our heart.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Goodbye Solo" is another heartfelt slice of life movie from Ramin Bahrani that is sadly not able to measure up to his previous… More
danny d
a beautiful piece of cinema and one of the more underrated films of 2009. a very unique story and incredible performance by savane, the story is stripped down… More
Jeff Talbott
This itty bitty barely-a-movie both requires and rewards patience. The tiny story of a cab driver in Winston-Salem and the crabby old man he tries and tries to… More

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