Rated PG-13 · 117 minutes · 2009

This was postponed from last year’s Oscar-release season, and it’s easy to see why. The movie isn’t good, nor is it bad. It just sort of sits there and accomplishes little, even though it has two hard-working, reliable actors at its core. Robert Downey Jr. plays a reporter who stumbles upon a schizophrenic homeless man (Jamie Foxx) who used to attend Julliard. The reporter originally pursues the story, but begins to care about the man’s plight and takes measures to help him. I’m not too sure what the message is here, but it’s the second film released in recent weeks to trumpet the virtues of print news. Downey is good as always, but Foxx’s performance is inconsistent and sloppy. This is supposedly based on a true story.
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Official Site: www.soloistmovie.com
Director: Joe Wright
Producer: Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jeff Skoll and Patricia Whitcher
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, LisaGay Hamilton, Stephen Root, Nelsan Ellis, Rachael Harris and Jena Malone


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Boise Weekly Tuning the Orchestra I confess that I was expecting to dislike this movie, but hoping to be surprised. It only mildly surprised. Having seen a number of films in which the basic plot could be summed up as "homeless person unaccountably turns out to be a musical genius"—ranging from the cute in 2007's "August Rush" to the creepy of 2001's "The Caveman's Valentine"—I expected that little else could be wrung from such a dirty, tattered rag of a scenario. by Jeremiah Robert Wierenga 04/29/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Hitting the right note As trade for rescue and partial rehab, a brilliantly talented but extremely disadvantaged person of color changes a white man's life. True story. by Jonathan Kiefer 04/23/2009
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