The Soloist Synopsis
A reporter befriends a homeless man (Jamie Foxx) who was once a music student at Juilliard.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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THE SOLOIST. Really fine Oscar-baiting acting. GRADE: B-minus

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Per an ACTUAL advance press preview I attended on Tues 4/21. This 110-minute movie was based on a novel which in turn was based on a true-story. The MAIN reason to go see THE SOLOIST would be to...

Surprisingly not boring!

By KeaF20
So last night I attended a advanced screening of this movie, and let me tell you. When we found out that it was The Soloist, I was not excited! period. We decided to stay though, because hey who...

The Soloist a good time not to see it

By jimjoel49
When you pick a movie I hope one factor you will consider, are the actors in the movie using their fame to influence the moral fabric of our society in a positive or negative way? This is not a...

Feel good movie

By KILLTHEBATMAN86
Please, everyone listen. As it says in the descroption: "The Soloist is a biographical drama about real-life musical prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers". This is not an action movie, this is not a movie...

The Soloist

By drpub
Jamie Foxx is brilliant in the movie The Soloist. Once again Jamie plays a real-life character Nathaniel Anthony Ayes a homless musician that develops schizophrenia in his adolescence years. Jamie...

Bored Me

By Qt_Mousie
Saw a screening of this last night...great music, but other than that I was bored out of my mind. Overall as a movie adaptation, I think it may have done what it had set out to do, it just wasn't the...

Slow, Boring and Lacking Direction

By lovemike1976
I went to an advanced screening of this movie and was utterly disappointed at how slow and boring it was. The story is interesting, but the way they put it together was poorly done. The director did...

boycott this piece of trash

By darren77th
Well Mr. Fox you find it amusing to to have a disgusting racist rant against Miley at 16 year old girl. Well I will never spend 1 penny more on your sorry excuse for a career. I call upon everyone...

PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE:ONCE AGAIN Please read a review from someone who has actually seen the movie

By Dark_Chameleon
This is ridiculous..If we're going to a restaurant and want a review we dont listen to someone whos never eaten there or even looked at the menu, this is supposed to be a place that we gain knowledge...

“THE SOLOIST” – Alone on MANY different levels =

By jimchudnow
(Per an advance preview:) JAMIE FOXX does a fantastic job playing a homeless guy in L.A. who was once a gifted musician who later developed various schizophrenic & emotional problems as he wanders the...

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Rated PG-13 | For language, thematic elements and some drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Memorable, sometimes gritty drama about music, friendship.
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