• PG-13, 2 hr. 28 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Taylor Hackford
    In Theaters:
    Oct 29, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 1, 2005
  • Universal Pictures
  • Ray
    3 minutes 42 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Ray Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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Sluggish, conventional, and almost completely lacking in energy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

October 25, 2004
Larry Carroll

Foxx, like Will Smith in Ali, has perfected a party trick rather than a performance. Give him some sunglasses, let him rock back and forth, and he does a great Ray Charles.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com | Original Score: C

October 29, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A movie with half the 150-minute running time could have done just as much unchaining.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2004
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

"Ray" starts out well... and then falls into the entrenched paths of just about every other overwrought, over-long musical biopic ever filmed.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C+

October 28, 2004
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Foxx's mannered performance fails to convey the complexities beneath Charles's trademark twitches.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 27, 2004
Victoria Alexander

A beloved artist unwinds with a parade of women and the needle.

Full Review

October 26, 2004
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

Full Review

May 16, 2007
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I wanted excellent, but it's only mediocre.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

At all moments, Ray is a blend of the workmanlike with the unresolved, the piquant and the tendentious, the stuff that do right and the stuff that do wrong.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C

December 7, 2004
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Jamie Foxx is positively Times-Square electric, the film however is more like a flickering energy-efficient 40 watt-bulb.

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 29, 2004
Rob Blackwelder

A great performance does not make a biopic great...a biopic needs to be like Ray Charles - departing from formula and daring to be different.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2004
Jeanne Aufmuth

Maybe it's the hype but I'm not feeling the love.

Full Review Source: Aufmuth.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 28, 2004
Erik Childress

Couldn't we just watch a Behind-the-Music and get the same greatest hits package in 100-less minutes than another dry, maybe-worthy-for- movie-of-the-week- status, biopic?

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/4

October 28, 2004
Arthur Lazere

When [the music isn't playing], the film seems conventional, unimaginative and stretched out well beyond its ability to sustain narrative momentum.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

October 29, 2004
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Suffers from over-emphasis on personal demons, too many flashbacks and a tacked-on ending -- but Jamie Foxx is incredible.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 1, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Ray boasts a great smorgasbord of music and a fine performance by Jamie Foxx but is hobbled by a mediocre screenplay and its long playing time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

A busca por concisão em uma cinebiografia é importante, mas não pode ser alcançada sacrificando-se a complexidade da história e tornando-a artificial, que é o que ocorre aqui.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Ray is so reflexive that it often seems to be about the procedural mechanics of biopics.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 26, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's a shame about Ray, because Foxx is trapped in a movie that takes the music icon's unique story and turns it into cheesy, sentimental American Dream cliches.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 28, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Foxx is not at fault here -- with Ray, he arrives at the front ranks of American film actors -- but the filmmakers' need to bend biography until it assumes triumphal shape is.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 29, 2004
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 12, 2005
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
David Ansen
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November 1, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 29, 2004

November 1, 2004

Boston Phoenix
November 6, 2004

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006

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