Ray

Ray

81%
  • 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

David Ansen
Newsweek
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November 1, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Jamie Foxx's all-encompassing performance in the title role more than justifies the early Oscar gossip it has generated.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 4, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Eminently worth seeing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 4, 2004
David Denby
New Yorker
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Vibrantly intelligent and tough-minded.

November 2, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

October 31, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Foxx does what he's supposed to. He steals his own show.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 29, 2004
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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To describe Foxx's performance here is to gush, and so gush we will.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 29, 2004
Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
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Enjoy the music -- and Foxx. They're terrific.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 29, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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A sometimes wobbly blend of the ordinary and the amazing, Ray is nevertheless entirely engaging because of a remarkable central performance and a smartly lived-up-to promise.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 29, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Jamie Foxx is incredible as musical giant Ray Charles.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

October 29, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 29, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It takes all of five seconds, tops, to believe that Jamie Foxx is the young Ray Charles.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 29, 2004
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Any viewers who look at Ray and see only clichés are declaring themselves hopelessly lost to the real achievement of this picture, which is nothing less than a statement of faith in the inclusiveness of American culture.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 29, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Foxx helps us to truly understand how much Charles' blindness allows him to achieve, especially when combined with an innate wiliness.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Foxx's performance is an absolute career-maker, and he's surrounded by fine actors. By amazing music, too.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

October 29, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Jamie Foxx should start clearing some space on his mantle -- his extraordinary, transcendent performance as music legend Ray Charles in the exuberant Ray is the one to beat for Best Actor come Oscar night.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 29, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It is in Ray's many music sequences that Hackford's direction is most confident.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 29, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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What can Ray tell us about such a familiar figure? A Lot.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 29, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The music is inspired and the cast terrifically committed, but Ray is still a long way from being a good movie.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 29, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The music numbers are lively, the supporting cast solid, and the direction by Taylor Hackford is fully efficient.

| Original Score: B-

October 29, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It's the kind of movie in which every song or musical breakthrough has a dramatic inspiration drawn from a real-life experience, designed to make us believe a life can be analyzed through its creative expressions and successes.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 29, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Foxx gives one of the year's best performances, and early talk about an Oscar nomination is entirely justified.

| Original Score: A-

October 29, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Hackford has made a film that -- like Charles' music itself -- breaks your heart, makes it brim with joy and ultimately fills it with a deep belief in beauty and salvation.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 29, 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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie would be worth seeing simply for the sound of the music and the sight of Jamie Foxx performing it. That it looks deeper and gives us a sense of the man himself is what makes it special.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 29, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Mr. Foxx's performance captures each nuance of character. His portrayal is an exalting tribute to a flawed, fascinating musical icon.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

October 28, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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If Ray fails to present a genuine portrait of a complex man's essence, it does leave you with an even greater sense of awe for Charles' accomplishments, both in his personal and public lives.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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To any poor soul who thinks Foxx wasn't indispensable to this movie: Hit the road, Jack.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 28, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Making a movie about anyone's life requires a director to make choices, and Hackford wasn't trying for a painstaking re-creation. Instead, he chose to focus -- like Charles himself -- on the soul.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 5/5

October 28, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Ray turns out to be a proudly conventional film that combines an involving true story, irresistible music and a charismatic performance in a way that makes us not only forgive but actually almost relish how standard the presentation is.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 28, 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
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Ray is a sprawling, and mostly triumphant, tribute to a man whose appetites often were as big as his voice.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 28, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Despite a plodding, mechanical approach to dramatizing his life, Ray occasionally hits peaks of energy and delight worthy of his finest songs.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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Foxx is worth the price of admission.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Taylor Hackford's biography of Ray Charles is a potent and invigorating portrait of genius, thanks to Jamie Foxx's performance and to the music of Ray Charles himself.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 28, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Ray is a fit tribute to an entertainer who, no matter what hate or hardship threw in his way or how many mistakes he made, we can't stop loving.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 28, 2004
Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
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Ray is indeed inspirational (how can such a life not be?), but it only occasionally moves beyond uplift and easy sentimentality.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 28, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Ray is the rare Hollywood biopic that does justice to the heroism, as well as the demons, of an American genius.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

October 27, 2004
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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Sluggish, conventional, and almost completely lacking in energy.

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

October 25, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Jamie Foxx gets so far inside the man and his music that he and Ray Charles seem to breathe as one.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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It succeeds more often than it doesn't, and thanks to a kinetic, mesmerizing performance by Jamie Foxx in the title role, the film has immediate accessibility to millions of Charles fans the world over.

October 20, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is an unflinching but deeply respectful look at one of the seminal musical artists of the 20th century.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 19, 2004
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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It sings, and it swings.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 14, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A rangy, straightforward and entirely engrossing biopic.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 29, 2004
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