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January 13, 2005
Some of the performances of Ray Charles's greatest hits send you right over the void at the center of the movie.
January 3, 2005
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Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 23, 2004
In spite of Foxx's impressive work, we barely scratch the surface of Ray Charles' interior life.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 8, 2004
Often immensely enjoyable.
December 8, 2004
... so suffused with clichéd mock-eventfulness and insipid veneration that you'd think [director Taylor] Hackford might be nominating [Ray Charles] for sainthood.
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
November 22, 2004
Emerges as an honest and loving tribute to one of the few, true legends of modern music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 18, 2004
Yes, it's true, but you may find it rather off-putting to witness a hero knocked down a notch or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2004
Benefits greatly from a wealth of powerful supporting performances, in addition to Jamie Foxx's star-making turn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 18, 2004
Features the performance of a lifetime by Jamie Foxx.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 17, 2004
Jamie Foxx is magnetic as Ray Charles but does not show us enough inner conflict. The film is at its best showing the roots of the character.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
November 17, 2004
With Foxx as the front man, and with the real life recordings of Ray Charles as the soundtrack, Ray is a musical biography that transcends the clichés of the genre.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2004
Jamie Foxx's spectacular performance (hindered by the inability to act with his eyes) anchors a rich, strong film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 14, 2004
The narrative structure of Ray may be conventional but there are many other compensations: Hackford's ebullient direction and Jamie Foxx's incandescent performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 11, 2004
Won me over because of Jamie Foxx's powerful performance where he inhabits Charles--capturing the singer's characteristics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 9, 2004
It isn't the superficial career reconstruction that makes this movie worth the price of admission, it's the "Best of Charles" compilation that will move you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 9, 2004
Much more than Smith as Ali or Hopkins as Nixon, the actor loses himself so thoroughly in the role that it's impossible to tell where Ray Charles ends and Jamie Foxx begins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2004
...gives the Hallmark treatment to an unruly legend. Foxx is so superbly convincing, you can't help wishing the movie had trusted him more. He (and the cast) deserve better.
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November 8, 2004
While Foxx makes the film worthwhile, Hackford nearly ruins by investing "Ray" with the emotional equivilant of a Diet Pepsi ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2004
'When all is said and done, and Oscar time rolls around, Jamie Foxx will be difficult to beat in the Best Actor category.'
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