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The Soloist

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language.

PG-13 In Theaters 04/24/2009 , 109min.
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Viewer Score
62%
Viewer score based on 95 ratings
61%
Critic score based on 33 reviews

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October 08, 2009
NeverLearnToLose
A wonderful message to learn from and to bring some reality back into the world. Unfortunately, the move extended 15 minutes beyond its message.
August 22, 2009
Ferniedog2u
The story wasn't bad and the movie wasn't a bad movie, but it had the makings of a great movie! I did enjoy the motive behind it, and Robert Downey Jr.'s performance was really good.
May 30, 2009
MOMwith4Girls
MOVIE WAS GREAT AS WELL AS DOWNY AND FOX GREAT MOVIE GREAT ACTORS ........
May 25, 2009
RANDG51
This was one of the best, most inspirational movies of the year. Jamie Foxx deserves an Oscar for his role as Ayers. The protrayal of mans humanity to man and the difficulty of accepting what one cannot change brought me to tears. Reinforces my belief that a passion for music can alter anyone's life
May 23, 2009
JK GIBB1
I agree that Jamie Foxx gave a great performance, but the movie really dragged. I appreciate the story it had to tell, but it was so slow-moving...I kept looking at my watch to see if the end was in sight. Maybe I was dozing during the good parts. Even the music from Beethoven's beautiful "Eroica" symphony couldn't save this movie for me.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Hollywood loves the heroics of good intentions, but this movie is just as interested in the road to hell. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Catherine Keener is also believable and sympathetic as Lopez's editor and former wife. But the film's power comes down to the strength of the two superb lead performances. Full Review
Dana Stevens
Slate
It's a handsomely mounted spectacle with moments of bravura acting that nonetheless feels labored and dull. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
The problem with The Soloist is that, while Wright shows admirable restraint in dramatizing the interaction between the two principals and does not fall into the trap of following a "movie of the week" formula about mental illness, there is little emotional resonance in the story. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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. Full Review

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