The Soloist
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Academy Award-nominated Atonement director Joe Wright teams with screenwriter Susannah Grant to tell the true-life story of Nathaniel Ayers, a former cello prodigy whose bouts with schizophrenia landed him on the streets after two years of schooling at Juilliard. Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is a disenchanted journalist stuck in a dead-end job. His marriage to a fellow journalist having recently come to an end, Steve is wandering through Los Angeles' Skid Row when he notices a bedraggled figure playing a two-stringed violin. The figure in question is Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a man whose… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"A deliriously imperfect film - and all the better for it."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Tthis is a maudlin, stereotypical story that never moved at all."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Develops the feel-good plot in true newspaper style: a few heart tugs followed by a punch in the face."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
""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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"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"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"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."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The Soloist never completely transcends that Hollywood formula feel, but it has enough transcendent moments to make it worth recommending."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"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."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The two actors work beautifully together, playing characters who are angry and frustrated in their different ways, and sentimentality is kept firmly at bay."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Has its moments, but too heavy-handed and predictable."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"There's no crescendo in Joe Wright's drama."
‑ Don Groves,
"The music's as troubled as the subject matter"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Intelligent and uncompromising, with knock-out performances from Downey Jr. and Foxx."
‑ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
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