The Soloist
The Soloist (2009)

Columnist Steve Lopez is at a dead end. The newspaper business is in an uproar, his marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart and he can't entirely remember what he loved about his job in the first place. Then, one day, while… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 24, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it features strong performances by its lead players, a lack of narrative focus prevents The Soloist from hitting its mark.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A deliriously imperfect film - and all the better for it.

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Richard Roeper

Has its moments, but too heavy-handed and predictable.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Aside from putting flesh on the bones of characters, there are ways in which a movie can surpass a book. In this case it's through the power of music-both aural and visual.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

Tthis is a maudlin, stereotypical story that never moved at all.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It's an amazing story.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

It feels like a puzzle with some significant pieces missing.

Ben Lyons
At the Movies

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.

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Joshua Starnes

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Carried by two outstanding leading men (Downey Jr. and Foxx) this film celebrates the power of friendship without ever getting too sappy or unrealistic in its… More
Jim Careter
This was a good movie, but not great. The Soloist is about Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a schitzophrenic musical prodigy, and Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.)… More
Daniel Perry
I had low expectations for this movie, based on bad reviews, but in all, it wasn't that bad. The acting was solid - Robert Downey Jr. really is a talent,… More
Alex roy
I was looking forward into seeing The Soloist and by what I saw in the trailer, the film looked like it had potential. However, most of the time, the film falls… More
Jameson Worley
Okay film...
Conner Rainwater
As far as feel good or inspiring stories go, The Soloist is an utter god. Not only is it different than the rest of its kind, it has so much to say about… More