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Born in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his younger brother's accidental death. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered incorporating gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style. As he revolutionized the way people appreciated music, he simultaneously… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jamie Foxx's all-encompassing performance in the title role more than justifies the early Oscar gossip it has generated."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Sure, it's the Jamie Foxx breakout role. But the movie around it is so systematically 'inspirational' that it comes perilously close to sabotaging the breakout."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A powerhouse performance piece for Jamie Foxx and a rock solid biopic."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"I wanted excellent, but it's only mediocre."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The directing is sure-handed, the script intelligent, and the acting strong, especially the amazing performance from Foxx."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"Eminently worth seeing."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Foxx does what he's supposed to. He steals his own show."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Excellent portrayal of extraordinary musician."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Give Jamie Foxx the damn Oscar already, it's done."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"click to read full review [Greek]"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Vibrantly intelligent and tough-minded."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"To describe Foxx's performance here is to gush, and so gush we will."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"Jamie Foxx is excellent, and sturdily supported by [James L.] White's script all the way."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Potent and vibrant as far as the music goes, but reticent, self-conscious and pretty much stuck on unexplored surfaces when it comes to this creative giant's complex life and times."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Ray is a flawed film, but Foxx's captivating acting and a bustling soundtrack smooth the rough spots."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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