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The Soloist Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 25, 2009
A deliriously imperfect film - and all the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2009
In the hands of a director more suited to the material The Soloist might have been a deeply moving experience. Here, we know something important is being played out before us, and there are times when it hits home with force. But in their exercise of dram
May 1, 2009
It feels like a puzzle with some significant pieces missing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 27, 2009
Has its moments, but too heavy-handed and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 27, 2009
Tthis is a maudlin, stereotypical story that never moved at all.
April 27, 2009
The film's biggest problem lies really in its pacing. Every time the plot takes an interesting turn or moves forward, it's stalled by one musical montage after another.
April 24, 2009
I wish The Soloist had done more than pay lip service to this subject, but the traces of what might have been are still resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 24, 2009
A failed and problematic Oscar hopeful being dumped in theaters a week before the start of Hollywood's summer season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2009
The movie still entertains -- thanks to Downey's staccato rhythms and Foxx's secret melodies. But it remains flawed.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 24, 2009
Backed by his newfound A-list stardom, Downey brings to the project a wry swagger -- crucial in an essentially reactive role. I wish, though, that "The Soloist" hadn't spent so much time dealing with Lopez's crises of conscience and career, even as they r
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 24, 2009
It took guts. And I suspect there's no sense in making a cautious film about Nathaniel Ayers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 24, 2009
It's a journey full of good intentions, but also some dubious decisions.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2009
Mr. Wright and his colleagues have made a movie with a spaciousness of its own, a brave willingness to explore such mysteries of the mind and heart as the torture that madness can inflict, and the rapture that music can confer. Bravo to all concerned.
April 24, 2009
In the end, The Soloist is about how unknowable other people really are -- an idea that's terrifying until you step back and see the wonder of it.
April 24, 2009
The Soloist foregoes easy solutions, and even more importantly, it foregoes any easy sense of friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 24, 2009
Perceptive [and] deeply engaging.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 24, 2009
While the film is unable to resolve its central subject, its background portrayal of the ongoing dissolution of the newspaper industry -- captured in a few fleeting images of layoffs and downsizing -- is vividly realized.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 24, 2009
For all its sensitivity to the horrors of mental illness, The Soloist ends up as a fairly canned piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2009
A deeply empathetic exploration of mental illness and a winning showcase for the talents of its two stars, Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx.
April 24, 2009
A movie about an improbable friendship set against the backdrop of urban and cultural decay, The Soloist strives for deep meaning and settles for gritty reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 24, 2009
[Director Joe Wright's] treatment of the material is so literal that at times the film seems like a syllabus for Remedial Cinematic Technique 101.
April 24, 2009
While the narrative occasionally falters, The Soloist wisely avoids the pitfalls of the inspirational biopic by not tidily sewing things up. Instead, it presents a moving tribute to friendship and the power of music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2009
Hollywood loves the heroics of good intentions, but this is that rare movie that is just as interested in the road to hell.
April 24, 2009
The film is imperfect, periodically if unsurprisingly sentimental, overly tidy and often very moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2009
The Soloist is like its two protagonists: It's a little messy and beaten up in spots, but ultimately it's decent and dignified.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2009
In the end, The Soloist isn't about BIG MOMENTS, it's about the grace notes, the kind that stay with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2009
A workaholic roused to life by his contact with an extraordinary person. Music healing all ills. The rehabilitation of an impaired genius. The only reason any of this is barely watchable is because of the stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2009
The Soloist is pitch-perfect, a sensitive rendering of challenging social and emotional themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 23, 2009
Tough-minded yet often touching, The Soloist works precisely because it doesn't go where we think it's going to go.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2009
The movie, for all its flaws, reminds us that everyone is worth catching, but it's the actors who best embody that message. They go the full human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2009
The tone of The Soloist is wildly uneven. Though unsparing and unsentimental when framing the principals, Wright is hyperbolic when depicting the agitation of the mentally ill and the soothing rapture of music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2009
Strangely, the inspirational power of The Soloist lies not in its music but in the heart and soul of its intriguing characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2009
The movie avoids most of the pitfalls: Its epiphanies are small ones, but with the gleam of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2009
As Ayers, a Juilliard-trained cellist reduced to homelessness, Foxx turns The Soloist from a mildly effective inspirational tale into an aggressive awards-season advertisement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2009
The Soloist has all the elements of an uplifting drama, except for the uplift. The story is compelling, the actors are in place, but I was never sure what the filmmakers wanted me to feel about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2009
This film version takes a somewhat romanticized view of both journalism and skid row yet is nevertheless a compassionate and compelling look at mental illness.
April 22, 2009
Wright has Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., both outstanding. Their performances make up for the meandering plot and occasional missteps; neither actor is ever anything less than compelling, giving The Soloist an emotional heft it might not have enjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 22, 2009
It's marvelous work all around, especially by Foxx and Downey. Their duet makes The Soloist sing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 22, 2009
The Soloist takes all those innately engaging details and turns them into what is essentially a made-for-Lifetime movie, albeit one populated by Oscar winners and nominees.
April 22, 2009
Foxx and Downey's disciplined duet come close to redeeming The Soloist from its visual excesses.
April 22, 2009
The Soloist is a moving, inspirational story told in a straightforward style, refreshingly devoid of sentimentality.
April 22, 2009
Mr Downey and Mr. Foxx both turn in Oscar-worthy performances in their very strenuous and detail-drenched roles.
April 20, 2009
I don't know if Beethoven and a sympathetic newspaper reporter can redeem a messy American city, but this movie makes a plausible case for so fervent a dream.
April 20, 2009
The movie is a noble enterprise, and Downey is stupendous as usual, but Joe Wright's direction is too slick to elicit much feeling.
April 17, 2009
Neither rarefied art film nor widely accessible inspirational drama, The Soloist falls between the cracks both creatively and commercially.
April 15, 2009
It's all a bit shapeless, yet made with sincerity and taste, and the two actors seize your sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: B