The Soloist (PG-13)

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by By GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV

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Posted on April 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:32 PM

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The Soloist is based on a true story but has enormous trouble connecting.

The Soloist was supposed to come out last December for Oscar consideration, but is just now arriving and there's a reason: it's a mess.

Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx plays a former Julliard student, now homeless and on the streets, when a local columnist, played by Robert Downey Jr., decides to tell his story.

The Soloist is less about music and more about mental illness. It's a chaotic, frustrating film that doesn't know what it wants to say. The story ranges from touching to disturbing and is awkwardly directed by Joe Wright, who should know better. He directed Pride and Prejudice and Atonement.

The Soloist is based on a true story but has enormous trouble connecting. Don't get me wrong, this is a terrific story of friendship and troubled genius, but it's also an earnest two hour film that feels like three hours that I find disappointing.

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