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Free Solo (2018)



Critic Consensus: Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal.

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From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi ("MERU") and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film's FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold's climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

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Critic Reviews for Free Solo

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (42)

This awe-inspiring National Geographic documentary is as much a celebration of U.S. parks and wilderness as it is a record of one of the most audacious feats in the history of mountaineering.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The visuals are stunning, offering head-spinning views with the comfort of total safety.

March 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Free a jaw-dropper, both in what is documented and its visual impact.

March 4, 2019 | Full Review…

A visually dizzying but also thought-provoking film about one man's pinnacle of achievement.

February 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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I just got so swept up in it all. I love hearing what others are so passionate about. Completely taken by Alex's story.

February 8, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Impressive... But the question for me remains: Why on earth would anybody do this?

February 8, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Free Solo

Without the knowledge that free climber Alex was alive and on stage with the creators when they received their (deserved) Oscar for this, I probably wouldn't have made it through this. During the final free solo climb of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley my palms got increasingly sweaty from the images and the knowledge of the incredible risk. The unbelievable artistic feat aside, this is also the portrayal of a relationship dealing with looming death. One can only hope Alex is done now, his lovely girlfriend would deserve it. Probably the most fascinating, exciting and dizzying documentary ever.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Peter Bond
Peter Bond

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The most intriguing aspect of this documentary for me is that there is something almost akin to an 'observer effect' in what we see here, as the presence of the film crew does threaten to affect the event they are recording and it becomes obvious for us too how all this can only end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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