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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5

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  1. Oct 17, 2013
    8
    This film follows Lachlan MacAldonich, a former British rock star, through the inevitable resolution of a lifetime of bad decisions. This isn't a fairy tale; though far from sunny, the promise of a second chance does appear before the film's end. The expertise of this tiny shred of hope further adds to the film's authenticity and emotional impact. Carlyle's performance is deeply honest, and he seems perfectly at home with MacAldonich's rage and fear and regret. The linear narrative expressed isn't what a typical movie-goer would expect, but it works here thanks to an incredibly human story and a good supporting cast. Though there isn't much new ground to tread with the life of a rock star gone wrong, California Solo manages to find its footing in this soulful, truthful tale. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2013
    10
    Excellent human interest story about an Scottish imagrant's problem with a DUI and his struggle to void deportation. Great performance by Robert Carlyle. Love the soundtrack!
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    Lewy’s script doesn’t cop out with any sentimental redemption, but neither does it establish why the self-destructive Lachlan deserves our sympathy.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Dec 6, 2012
    60
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 29, 2012
    63
    Carlyle gives a quietly engaging performance as a Golden State farmworker with a secret in the likable indie California Solo.