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Free Solo

  • Starring: Alex Honnold
  • Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 97 min.

Free Solo is 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.

"A brilliant documentary."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Whether you care about climbing or not, you’ll appreciate this tale of passion, discipline and, ultimately, transcendence. One incredible climb for one athlete, one quantum leap for mankind. "
- Katherine Laidlaw, The Globe and Mail
"An awesome and inspiring doc from the team behind Meru."
- Gary M. Kramer, Film Journal International
"Beyond that interesting character profile, Free Solo also operates as a sort of meta criticism of this kind of documentary filmmaking. We see Chin and his crew, most of them friends or at least affectionate admirers of Honnold’s, grapple with the difficult realities—and the potential trauma—of what they’re doing. "
- Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
"For those who love the thrill of high-adrenaline adventure docs, National Geographic’s Free Solo will be a hard experience to top."
- Peter Debruge, Variety
"'Free Solo' is so absorbing because it strives for even a tenuous grip on the balance between love and need. There’s no denying that the domestic scenes of Free Solo are more powerful because you appreciate the madness of what Honnold is trying to do, and the climbing scenes are more powerful because you appreciate the full extent of what he’s risking to do it."
- David Ehrlich, indieWire