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Free Solo Reviews

November 1, 2018
This plays out with as much (or more) suspense than any conventional thriller as the cameras capture every step of Alex's ascent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 22, 2018
Do you have vertigo? Get dizzy easily? No? Good. Then you're in for an amazing, exhilarating climb to the top.
October 18, 2018
The tensions inherent in Honnold's singular life are many. "Free Solo" gives you just enough of that life on terra firma to make the heights truly dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2018
Honnold's incredible skill is part of what makes "Free Solo" great, but another part of the equation is Chin's daredevil photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 11, 2018
You don't have to be a fan of rock climbing to love Free Solo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2018
Despite the gravity-defying cinematography and alpine setting, "Free Solo" transcends the climbing world and intimately examines something universal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 5, 2018
Go figure that the year's most outrageously harrowing action movie turns out to be an arthouse doc from National Geographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2018
Chin and Vasarhelyi have made a film that works both as a praiseworthy historical document rich in context and visual detail, and as a gripping emotional journey full of mythical resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 28, 2018
It's this profound, human tension that makes Free Solo such a gripping and rewarding documentary to watch.
September 28, 2018
If mountain-climbing docs make you puke-dizzy, this one is is probably not a good idea. But as Alex Honnold climbs El Capitan solo and without a net, you feel every adrenaline-pumping moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2018
Both intimate and expansive, Free Solo is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does.
September 27, 2018
Free Solo brings us one man's suicidal quest with sympathy, grace, and a ton of adrenalin.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 27, 2018
Despite a somewhat soft middle section, "Free Solo" is an engaging study of a perfect match between passion and personality.
September 26, 2018
While the psychological analysis fails to captivate, Free Solo gets interesting when actively interrogating the ethics of filming Honnold on his climbs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 26, 2018
The classic tension between the sublime and the human spirit breaks down. Man, rock, camera: they're old suspects, but here they seem made anew.
September 7, 2018
Great documentaries, of which this is one, need great subjects, and Mr. Honnold fills the bill; he's thoughtful, funny, articulate, self-reflective and fatalistic to a scary degree.
September 5, 2018
Whether you care about climbing or not, you'll appreciate this tale of passion, discipline and, ultimately, transcendence. One incredible climb for one athlete, one quantum leap for mankind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 1, 2018
"Free Solo" is so absorbing because it strives for even a tenuous grip on the balance between love and need.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 1, 2018
No bluff, it's a white knuckler.
September 1, 2018
For those who love the thrill of high-adrenaline adventure docs, National Geographic's "Free Solo" will be a hard experience to top.