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The Soloist
Journalist Steve Lopez (Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Oscar winner Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As...  View more >

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Apr 30, 2009
I had the same problem with "the Soloist" as with "August Rush" a few years ago. Very little story, but good casting from Keri Russell among others. but I like the movie because of strong performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, plus my love for classical music, Foxx plays Nataniel Ayers a talented performer who end out on the streets of Los Angeles, playing his music and fighting off the demons that kept him from movie on. Downey Jr. plays a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who tries to help him out and at the same time trying to get his life restarted again. I like this movie, but I wish i could've like this movie a lot more.
May 1, 2009
Saw this movie today. It wasn't what I'd hoped it would be. From the previews, it looked like an uplifting flick with a happy ending. It wasn't. The beginning started out promising with a few believable comic scenes and a genuinely interesting story, but soon dragged into the tragic world of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse and wasted lives. It stayed there for the rest of the movie.

Based on a true story, it was well acted and tragically believable--the real life, up close and ugly side of our society. If you're looking for entertainment and a "feel good" movie, save your money. This one was downright depressing.

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