Many years' worth of bad choices and indiscretions come back to haunt a disgraced car dealer (Michael Douglas) when he accompanies his girlfriend's daughter on a trip to his alma mater.
" In its scruffy, take-me-or-leave-me way, it deserves attention. "
" It's a smart, funny film that flirts with the edge. "
" Though this drama by writer-director Brian Koppelman hardly measures up to Wonder Boys, it comes a lot closer than King of California. "
" Wicked, blunt writing, a great supporting cast and Douglas doing variations of other sleazy womanizers he's played make this a tart, terse treat. "
" It's a fascinating character study isolated within a mediocre film. "
" Nobody does sagging male vanity as well as Douglas. Buoyed by director Brian Koppelman's sharp script and a stellar supporting cast, he makes Ben's skid into the ditch mesmerizing. "
" Why do we keep watching this sad, sad man? Because he's ecstatic as long as he avoids facing reality, and Douglas makes that ecstasy a marvelous thing to behold. "
" The empty guy at the beginning of this movie is pretty much the same empty guy by its end. "
" Douglas' juiciest vehicle since Wonder Boys. "
" The film is all about Ben Kalman, but one of the strengths of Michael Douglas' performance is that he isn't playing a character. He's playing a character who is playing a character. "
" Nobody does oily like Michael Douglas. "
" The role is so tailor-made for Douglas, who has put in years of screen time on the horizontal, that the rest of the story has to fit in around him, leaving scant room for maneuver. "
" Michael Douglas is at his best when playing a character at his worst. "
" Solitary Man intends to be shocking, and has been rewarded with some respectful reviews. But ticket buyer beware -- the film's real shocker is its unpleasantness. "
" Yet more proof that Michael Douglas can do anything he pleases so long as he's playing a jerk. "
" Solitary Man gives Douglas a chance to act, not merely posture or show off for the camera. It's some of the finest, least forced work he has done in years. "
" Koppleman and his co-director, David Levien, hit the right tone early -- empathetic yet brutally honest -- and Douglas' absorbing, minutely detailed performance sustains it. "
" A sharp, small-scale comedy of male misbehavior that turns out to be one of this dreary spring's pleasant cinematic surprises. "
" There's the honest sleaziness of Kalmen's character. There's the camerawork, which is unblinking. And there's the story itself, which while offering perhaps too pat an explanation, provides few excuses and no easy end. "
" You'd think Michael Douglas has played the charming cad on screen once too often, but damned if he doesn't pull it off once more in grand style. "
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