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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 37 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In the end, The Soloist isn't about BIG MOMENTS, it's about the grace notes, the kind that stay with you. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    For all its sensitivity to the horrors of mental illness, The Soloist ends up as a fairly canned piece of work. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    It's hard to talk about The Soloist without falling into cliches, because this well-meaning but ham-handed drama is full them. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx are on fire in the lead roles: They're both charismatic as hell without sacrificing any of the emotional honesty necessary for you to believe that these movie stars are a scruffy reporter and a mentally ill musician. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Downey gives a nervy, riveting performance in The Soloist. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    This kind of movie quickly falls apart if the actors overplay the inherent sadness of the situation, and thankfully the stellar cast never makes that mistake. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Isn't so much a story of perseverance and musical triumph as it is of despair, acceptance, and social commitment. The movie's a call to arms: We are our brothers' keepers, it says, and our brothers are in terrible shape. show more

  • October 08, 2009 NeverLearnToLose
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    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
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    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
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  • May 23, 2009 JK GIBB1
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    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.

  • May 22, 2009 Justjosh8
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    I just saw a movie with Robert Downey Jr. called Wonder Boys and even though I fell asleep it was still good.

  • May 17, 2009 Bless the Lord,
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    It was slow and what's up with the shapes and colors while the music is playing. Didn't like it.

  • May 14, 2009 RAGIN62CAJUN
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    Outstanding movie makes you think about it happening to you

  • May 10, 2009 Frankiep111
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    I think it made a great story but not necessarily a great movie. I found it very slow moving and at times downright boring.

  • May 10, 2009 Janken4
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    This movie was much better than I had expected. I thought it might be a little too slow or depressing but there was also a lot of humor added to keep it from getting too dark. It makes you realize that some of the most intelligent and talented people in the world and through out history have/had serious mental disorders. I think that Robert Downey Jr. gave a great performance and that Jamie Foxx deserves an Oscar for his.

  • May 09, 2009 Psych10151
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    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzis it over?

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