Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    Wherever you live, when this film opens, it will be the best film in town.
  2. A quietly soulful study of two very different men.
  3. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    100
    Almost frighteningly alive.
  4. At heart, though, every moviegoer can recognize a love story, no matter how unusual the context.
  5. 100
    The acting is flawless, the world feels utterly real, and the finale accomplishes the miracle of finding in the everyday world something profound.
  6. 100
    Grace is also what defines Mr. Bahrani's filmmaking. I can't think of anything else to call the quality of exquisite attention, wry humor and wide-awake intelligence that informs every frame of this almost perfect film.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    100
    A film of great intelligence and quiet assurance, Goodbye Solo exhilarates without ever trafficking in easy uplift.
  8. 100
    Goodbye Solo is visually simple and stunning, especially the haunting nightscapes of Solo's perambulations. But more important, Goodbye Solo is driven by deep feeling and sensitivity. Don't miss it.
  9. Like his protagonist, Bahrani never gives up on William; his camera never stops probing. He loves West's face, and he honors its mystery.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    90
    Bahrani possesses a disciplined sense of composition and form, a vision of the world that extends beyond the boundaries of his own navel, and the understanding that it is possible to make films about class and race in this country without pandering to the audience.
  11. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    90
    Utterly engrossing dual-character study, unfolding with a serene disregard for indie quirkiness, Goodbye Solo radiates authenticity.
  12. Bahrani's small marvel of a film.
  13. The acting's so true, and Bahrani's so observant, you find yourself caring about everyone onscreen.
  14. 88
    The role of William is a perfect fit for Red West, a well-weathered member of Elvis Presley's Memphis Mafia who has served as a bodyguard as well as a stuntman and bit-part actor.
  15. 88
    It sounds like the old unstoppable-force-meets-immovable-object trick. Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo has the trappings of such a story, but, mercifully, none of the follow-through.
  16. 88
    It's intelligent and emotional, not studied or sappy.
  17. The result is a playful, elusive movie that isn't so much heartwarming as soul-cleansing.
  18. Reviewed by: Gautaman Bhaskaran
    80
    It is both funny and sad, placid and provocative and, above all, hopeful and despairing.
  19. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    80
    Subtle and unflinching, this is genuine and charming.
  20. 80
    Most of the movie's subterranean emotion is found in the unsettled relationship between Solo and William, and in the extraordinary performances by the two leading men.
  21. Its style is spare, rigorous, almost anti-dramatic, but it deals thoughtfully with some of the most complex elements of the human equation.
  22. 80
    He [Bahrani] encloses his two characters in a motel room, but he doesn't make them buddies, as a Hollywood movie would. They are characterized in great detail as separate beings.
  23. 80
    The emotion here is genuine, but the outlook is tough: in Bahrani's movies we're all aliens to each other.
  24. 75
    Ultimately, Goodbye Solo works because the screenplay, actors, and director combine to craft honest, compelling individuals.
  25. 75
    What distinguishes Goodbye Solo, beyond Savané’s larger-than-life personality bumping up against West’s intractable curmudgeon, is the continued particularity of Bahrani’s work.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. FilmJ
    May 4, 2009
    10
    Few films rise above the white noise of the indie film world to actually standout as something remarkable and worth watching. I would make Few films rise above the white noise of the indie film world to actually standout as something remarkable and worth watching. I would make this compulsory viewing for all students in film making 101. No budget. No Stars. Make something wonderful. Full Review »
  2. Aug 15, 2010
    9
    Unequivocally, undeniably human. When the end credits started rolling, I was initially annoyed that all my questions weren't neatly answered,Unequivocally, undeniably human. When the end credits started rolling, I was initially annoyed that all my questions weren't neatly answered, but the rich character development is what stayed with me. Full Review »
  3. BillR
    Dec 27, 2009
    10
    In a word I thought this movie was exquisite. I loved the acting of the two lead actors.