User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 69
  2. Negative: 12 out of 69

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  1. Feb 24, 2013
    3
    I strongly disliked this film. It tells the story a story of a journalist (Downey Jr.) who meets a mentally ill musician (Foxx) and begins to build a relationship with him, however, I never fully understood why Downey Jr's character wanted to help him in the first place. Therefore this film was impossible for me to connect with because I didn't care for either of the main characters. Joe Wright is a great director, but this film just didn't do it for me. Expand
  2. Jan 26, 2011
    4
    If not for the actors selling there roles The Soloist would have been a complete flop. Other than Foxx and Downey Jr. The Soloist has nothing going for it. The extremely unfocused film leaves its viewers wondering what the point of it was (Craziness has no cure? Homelessness is a personal choice? Homelessness is a problem everyone needs to be involved in? Classical music is under appreciated in society?)? The Soloist is slow and never really packs any sort of punch or sentimental moment and spends to much time building up a storyline with no real clear cut point, which is essential in a movie or better said character study such as this. Expand
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. It's all a bit shapeless, yet made with sincerity and taste, and the two actors seize your sympathy.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Has moments of power and imagination, but the overworked style and heavy socially conscious bent exude an off-putting sense of self-importance, making for a picture that's more of a chore than a pleasure to sit through.