Free Solo

    Free Solo


    Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

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    • Alex HonnoldSelf
    • Tommy CaldwellSelf
    • Jimmy ChinSelf
    • Sanni McCandlessSelf
    • Mikey SchaeferSelf
    • Cheyne LempeSelf
    • Derek HerseySelf (archive footage)


    • 100

      The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

      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.
    • 90

      L.A. Weekly

      To watch Honnold think through each ledge of his climbs can stop the heart; to watch him navigate human emotion might melt it.
    • 85

      Vanity Fair

      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.
    • 85

      Film Journal International

      An awesome and inspiring doc from the team behind Meru.
    • 83


      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.
    • 83

      The Playlist

      The set-up in Free Solo can sometimes be repetitive, as the filmmakers continuously fawn over their subject’s accomplishments in the nerve-racking build-up to the main event. However, the absorbing lure of the movie, the climactic, terror-provoking Yosemite climb itself, is overwhelming and worth the wait.
    • 80

      The Hollywood Reporter

      This is in many ways a white-knuckle brand extension for Honnold above all else. Still, the film frequently treads into knotty territory.
    • 75

      The A.V. Club

      As it stands, however, Free Solo still has plenty to offer in the edge-of-your-seat department.

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