Ray

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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.

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Legendary soul musician Ray Charles is portrayed by Jamie Foxx in this Oscar-winning biopic. Young Ray watches his 7-year-old brother drown at age seven. When he loses his sight at the age of 9, his hardworking mother (Sharon Warren) urges him not to feel sorry for himself. He rises through the ranks of the Seattle jazz scene, struggling with drug addiction and infidelity while on the road. Supported by his wife (Kerry Washington), Ray Charles redefines soul music and inspires a generation.

Cast & Crew

Jamie Foxx
Ray Charles
Kerry Washington
Della Bea Robinson
Regina King
Margie Hendricks
Aunjanue Ellis
Mary Ann Fisher
Terrence Howard
Gossie McKee
Larenz Tate
Quincy Jones
Bokeem Woodbine
Fathead Newman
Sharon Warren
Aretha Robinson
Ray Charles Jr.
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Pawel Edelman
Cinematographer
Paul Hirsch
Film Editor
James L. White
Writer (Screenplay)
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Critic Reviews for Ray

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (164) | Rotten (42)

  • Ray is filled with such pleasures, but it's hobbled by the too-familiar conventions of the musical biopic: with so many chapters of Charles's life to cover, Hackford's movie never finds a rhythm, a groove, to settle into.

    November 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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    March 6, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
    Independent (UK)
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  • Jamie Foxx's all-encompassing performance in the title role more than justifies the early Oscar gossip it has generated.

    November 4, 2004 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • Eminently worth seeing.

    November 4, 2004 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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  • Vibrantly intelligent and tough-minded.

    November 2, 2004

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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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.

    October 31, 2004

Audience Reviews for Ray

  • Jul 16, 2016
    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. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2014
    Jamie Foxx plays the definitive Ray Charles..the one whose voice we loved and the one we hated involved with drugs, womanizing and avoiding the politics of the period. A complex character and a complex performance.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2011
    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 role of Ray Charles. This is a well crafted biopic and there are some very strong performances alongside that of Jamie Foxx. Ray is a superb film that has a near flawless plot, and great directing. Ray is one of the best biopics that I've seen in recent memory. Foxx's performance is just as solid as Joaquin Phoenix's performance of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line and Forrest Whitaker's performance of Charlie Parker in Bird. This is a solid film with an engaging dramatic story that recounts the fame and turmoil of one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. Jamie Foxx definitely delivered as Ray Charles, and of all his roles, this is his best role to date. Director Taylor Hackford paints a vivid portrait of Ray Charles' life and combined with Jamie Foxx' phenomenal acting, you have one unforgettable performance and film for that matter. This is an entertaining film that possesses some strong elements that the viewer simply can't ignore. The films imperfections forgive able because of Foxx's performance, he is what makes this film what it is, and his portrayal of Ray Charles is flawless, immaculate and unforgettable. I very much love to watch biopics, and Ray is a solid dramatic biopic that will please fans of Ray Charles as well as film fans. A must see if you're looking for a great drama film with strong performances.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    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 the oscar. The plot was a great journey through his life, and I felt the great feeling I had in Walk the Line, a sense of happiness for these great musicians. The whole cast did great, but Foxx truly is the best. I enjoyed the great music that they re did with Foxx singing, and he truly was fantastic. One of the greatest biopic films ever, and one of my favs.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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