• 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

Ray Reviews

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James Berardinelli
Top Critic
October 25, 2004

Sluggish, conventional, and almost completely lacking in energy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Carroll
October 29, 2004

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 | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 27, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 28, 2004

"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 | Original Score: C+
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 27, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Victoria Alexander
October 26, 2004

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

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 16, 2007

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009

I wanted excellent, but it's only mediocre.

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
December 7, 2004

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 | Original Score: C
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 29, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
October 27, 2004

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
October 28, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
October 28, 2004

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
October 29, 2004

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

Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 1, 2004

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

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 4, 2004

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
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 26, 2005

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Top Critic
October 26, 2004

Ray is so reflexive that it often seems to be about the procedural mechanics of biopics.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
October 28, 2004

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
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
October 29, 2004

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 12, 2005

Devin Faraci
February 27, 2009

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004

David Ansen
Top Critic
November 1, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
October 29, 2004

November 1, 2004

Boston Phoenix
November 6, 2004

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

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