Academy Award® nominee Robert Downey Jr. and Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx star in an extraordinary and inspiring true story of how a chance meeting can change a life.
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Memorable, sometimes gritty drama about music, friendship.
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Fresh: It took guts. And I suspect there's no sense in making a cautious film about Nathaniel Ayers.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, April 24, 2009
Rotten: 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, Monday, April 27, 2009
Rotten: Tthis is a maudlin, stereotypical story that never moved at all.
- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Monday, April 27, 2009
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, and Jamie Foxx embraced a challenging role - and the visual treatment was interesting, wandering away from the narrative in places just to throw in odd moments of beauty. The story is one you've heard a hundred times, but for a one-time watch, there's no reason this forgettable movie's any worse than the many like it that have come before. Nothing really original, but not a failure, either. I give it one big "Mmmmeh."
- danperry17, Thursday, January 5, 2012
The Soloist was a huge disappointment for me as the trailer had made it look great. Okay, so Jamie Foxx's performance was very good and if Steve Lopez is as unlikable in real life as I suspect he is, Robert Downey Jr played him perfectly. The problem is that the film tries too hard to pull at the heart strings and in doing so it fails miserably. The film flicks clumsily between the present and the past and the characters never seem true to themselves and change without reason. The overall production is just plain lazy. A man's 20 year decent into mental illness is explored by merely shaking the camera for 5 minutes. Way to go Joe Wright! Also, we are supposed to be amazed by this talented 'Soloist' cellist but whenever he plays you hear a whole orchestra. Couldn't they have hired a profession cellist for the day? Don't get me started on the abysmally tasteless scenes with the homeless. Contrived nonsense written by an unlikable parasite of a man. Bitterly disappointing. http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-soloist-dir-joe-wright-2009-soloist.html
- SirPant, Friday, August 22, 2014