Solo (1996)

The American military-industrial complex has a prototype for new mechanical soldier Solo, who can reason on his own. However, the designers didn't realize that Solo objects to killing innocent bystanders. Before he can be reprogrammed,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 23, 1996
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 6% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring hammy performances and bland characters, Solo is an all too straightforward actioner that's both predictable and instantly forgettable.

Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

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.

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John Gustafson
AV Club

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.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

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.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Solo is at least instructive as a miscellany of action movie cliches in one neat and depressing package.

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Jason Caro
Radio Times

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.

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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times

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.

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Leonard Klady

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.

Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Solo contains the usual shoot-'em-ups, an undistinguished performance from Van Peebles, plus lots of crummy dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Hollywood's first African-American android hero is a perfect fighting machine except for one thing - he's developing feelings. This angers military… More
Jason Reneau
Mario Van Peebles is the man! But this is the very definition of so bad it is good.
xGary Xx
Typically cheap and generic action movie from Mario Van Peebles, who plays an android with a conscience who escapes from his military creators when faced with… More
Steven Vincent Gee
Pretty good. Typically cheap and generic action movie from Mario Van Peebles.