80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In the end, The Soloist isn't about BIG MOMENTS, it's about the grace notes, the kind that stay with you.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Downey gives a nervy, riveting performance in The Soloist.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's all a bit shapeless, yet made with sincerity and taste, and the two actors seize your sympathy.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
For all its sensitivity to the horrors of mental illness, The Soloist ends up as a fairly canned piece of work.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
It's hard to talk about The Soloist without falling into cliches, because this well-meaning but ham-handed drama is full them.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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