Ray (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 29, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An engrossing and energetic portrait of a great musician's achievements and foibles, Ray is anchored by Jamie Foxx's stunning performance as Ray Charles.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

Jamie Foxx's all-encompassing performance in the title role more than justifies the early Oscar gossip it has generated.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

R. L. Shaffer

A powerhouse performance piece for Jamie Foxx and a rock solid biopic.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Eminently worth seeing.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Foxx does what he's supposed to. He steals his own show.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excellent portrayal of extraordinary musician.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Vibrantly intelligent and tough-minded.

Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

To describe Foxx's performance here is to gush, and so gush we will.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Jamie Foxx is excellent, and sturdily supported by [James L.] White's script all the way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
A compelling direction just as striking as it biopic lead. Ray plucks every chord with its flawless performance from Jamie Foxx, vibrant charm and scenic story.… More
Jim Careter
A tremendous story on the best jazz singer ever, Ray Charles. Jamie Foxx stars in this and is his iconic role and the highlight of his career, and he deserved… More
Alex roy
Taylor Hackford has crafted one of the best biopics of a musician since Clint Eastwood's Bird. Jamie Foxx gives the performance of his career in the lead… More
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Stephen M
Occasionally slushy, perhaps a shade on the long side, but very well acted and solidly entertaining nevertheless. Certainly a better portrait of Ray Charles… More
Daniel Perry
As in so many of his movies, Jamie Foxx outshines the film itself - a well-deserved Academy Award. It wasn't the greatest movie in some regards,… More