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At Theaters: 4/24/2009 On Video: 8/4/2009
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 49 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 529911
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Journalist Steve Lopez discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives.
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Drama - This is a fact-based drama dealing with serious issues aimed at adult moviegoers. Fans of stars Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. should be pleased hough those who enjoy their lighter work may be disappointed.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jamie Foxx THE KINGDOM, DREAMGIRLS, MIAMI VICE, JARHEAD
Robert Downey Jr. TROPIC THUNDER, IRON MAN, CHARLIE BARTLETT
Catherine Keener SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, HAMLET 2, INTO THE WILD
Tom Hollander THE JUDAS KISS
Lisa Gay Hamilton THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, TRUE CRIME
Director: Joe Wright ATONEMENT, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
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Prologue
Adagio
Scherzo
Fugue
Intermezzo
Allegro Molto
Finale
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PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 8 S-words, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Falls and hits.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, crack.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Some banter and wisecracks; urine humor.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average 'The Soloist' has all the elements of an uplifting drama, except for the uplift.

USA Today Full Review
Good The cello's evocative, often melancholy sound envelops The Soloist, highlighting the poignant appeal of this heartfelt film.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 108 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
8
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
31
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
52
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 108 moviegoers:
TEENS:Both males and females loved "The Soloist." Very highly recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The females loved it. The male reviews are very mixed so they probably aren't very accurate. I would assume their reviews would be similar to the great reviews provided by the younger and older males.
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females! Very highly recommended!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Columnist Steve Lopez (Downey) is at a dead end. The newspaper business is in an uproar, his marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart and he can't entirely 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 bedraggled figure Nathaniel Ayers (Foxx), pouring his soul into a two-stringed violin. At first, Lopez approaches Ayers as just another story idea in a city of millions. But as he begins to unearth the mystery of how this alternately brilliant and distracted street musician, once a dynamic prodigy headed for fame, wound up living in tunnels and doorways, it sparks an unexpected quest. Imagining he can change Ayers' life, Lopez embarks on a quixotic mission to get him off the streets and back to the world of music. But even as he fights to save Ayers' life, he begins to see that it is Ayers - with his unsinkable passion, his freedom-loving obstinacy and his valiant attempts at connection and love - who is profoundly changing Lopez.
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