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665 Ratings

The Soloist

Directed by Joe Wright
France, United States, 2009


Steve Lopez is at a dead end. His marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart, and he can’t remember what he loved about his job in the first place. Then, one day, while walking through Los Angeles Skid Row, he sees the mysterious Nathaniel Ayers, pouring his soul into a two-stringed violin.

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The Soloist Directed by Joe Wright

Critics reviews

Mr. Downey and Mr. Foxx both turn in Oscar-worthy performances in their very strenuous and detail-drenched roles. Mr. Downey is particularly impressive in the indispensable bite he gives to a characterization that might otherwise have sunk in the swamp of excessive altruism. Mr. Foxx, a talented musician on the piano in his own right, nonetheless had to master the fingering on both the violin and the cello before he could be convincing in his extensive simulations on the screen.
April 21, 2009
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