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The Soloist Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
April 1, 2011
The subject matter is a little too easy to overdo for that, but it is pretty good, thanks to a pair of fine performances from its leads and a director who understands understatement. And sometimes those can be as rare to find as a genuine musical prodigy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 26, 2011
The Soloist never completely transcends that Hollywood formula feel, but it has enough transcendent moments to make it worth recommending.
Don Groves
December 29, 2010
There's no crescendo in Joe Wright's drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 6, 2010
Develops the feel-good plot in true newspaper style: a few heart tugs followed by a punch in the face.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 17, 2010
Una película sobre periodismo y marginalidad, sobre el poder redentor del arte y la solidaridad humana, sostenida por dos buenas actuaciones de Jamie Foxx y Robert Downey Jr.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 31, 2009
The music's as troubled as the subject matter
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
October 26, 2009
"The Soloist" is not a film in which you anticipate Robert Downey Jr. will be twice doused in urine. Such are the territorial markings of Joe Wright, whose directorial quirks undermine moving moments and committed performances in this musical biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 15, 2009
The two actors work beautifully together, playing characters who are angry and frustrated in their different ways, and sentimentality is kept firmly at bay.
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
September 25, 2009
Intelligent and uncompromising, with knock-out performances from Downey Jr. and Foxx.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 25, 2009
A deliriously imperfect film - and all the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2009
The Soloist brings to life its story with genuine compassion, neatly avoiding many of the traps that afflict Hollywood films about mental illness. And Jamie Foxx's transformation will simply astound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Toby Young
Times (UK)
September 25, 2009
Ultimately, the reason that The Soloist fails is because the writer and the director have been bamboozled by the seriousness of the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 25, 2009
A handsomely made but tonally uncertain film; it's unsure whether to be an old-fashioned inspirational heartwarmer, or a paranoid prose-poem about ruined lives on the city's dangerous margins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 25, 2009
The Soloist has its imperfections, but its ambition trumps them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lorien Haynes
Little White Lies
September 25, 2009
Wright's major mistake is the flashback to Nathaniel's background. Mundane, TV movie simplistic and, ironically, very middle-class patronising, it causes the film's trajectory to go limp.
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
September 25, 2009
The Soloist isn't the cringe-worthy Rain Man rip-off it might have been, but that's the only surprise this film has to offer. If it were a piece of music, it would be the kind you hear in a lift when you're stuck between floors...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 25, 2009
Thankfully, there's no contrived Hollywood ending but you can't help thinking this is more a three-minute wonder than a dramatic symphony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Horkins
Total Film
September 25, 2009
Thanks to heavy-handed treatment, this true story ultimately feels like a work of mannered fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Hutchinson
Filmstar Magazine
September 25, 2009
A rich cocktail of all Hollywood's most endemic clichés, it would be easy to apply to The Soloist that rebuking tag, 'Oscar bait'. Its every move is calculated to pleasure and provoke the liberal classes, if only gently.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
September 25, 2009
Foxx is an Oscar-winner thanks to his uncanny impersonation of Ray Charles in Ray, but he plays Ayers as a multitude of tics and non sequiturs. He is hampered by Susannah Grant's muddled screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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