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November 4, 2004
Jamie Foxx's all-encompassing performance in the title role more than justifies the early Oscar gossip it has generated.
November 4, 2004
Eminently worth seeing.
November 2, 2004
Vibrantly intelligent and tough-minded.
October 31, 2004
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 29, 2004
Foxx does what he's supposed to. He steals his own show.
October 29, 2004
To describe Foxx's performance here is to gush, and so gush we will.
October 29, 2004
Enjoy the music -- and Foxx. They're terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2004
Jamie Foxx is incredible as musical giant Ray Charles.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 29, 2004
It takes all of five seconds, tops, to believe that Jamie Foxx is the young Ray Charles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2004
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.
October 29, 2004
Foxx helps us to truly understand how much Charles' blindness allows him to achieve, especially when combined with an innate wiliness.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2004
Foxx's performance is an absolute career-maker, and he's surrounded by fine actors. By amazing music, too.
October 29, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2004
It is in Ray's many music sequences that Hackford's direction is most confident.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2004
What can Ray tell us about such a familiar figure? A Lot.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 29, 2004
The music is inspired and the cast terrifically committed, but Ray is still a long way from being a good movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 29, 2004
The music numbers are lively, the supporting cast solid, and the direction by Taylor Hackford is fully efficient.
Read More | Original Score: B-
October 29, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
Foxx gives one of the year's best performances, and early talk about an Oscar nomination is entirely justified.
Read More | Original Score: A-
October 29, 2004
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.
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
October 29, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2004
Mr. Foxx's performance captures each nuance of character. His portrayal is an exalting tribute to a flawed, fascinating musical icon.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 28, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2004
To any poor soul who thinks Foxx wasn't indispensable to this movie: Hit the road, Jack.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 28, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 28, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 28, 2004
Ray is a sprawling, and mostly triumphant, tribute to a man whose appetites often were as big as his voice.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 28, 2004
Despite a plodding, mechanical approach to dramatizing his life, Ray occasionally hits peaks of energy and delight worthy of his finest songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2004
Foxx is worth the price of admission.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2004
Ray is indeed inspirational (how can such a life not be?), but it only occasionally moves beyond uplift and easy sentimentality.
October 27, 2004
Ray is the rare Hollywood biopic that does justice to the heroism, as well as the demons, of an American genius.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 26, 2004
Ray is so reflexive that it often seems to be about the procedural mechanics of biopics.
October 25, 2004
Sluggish, conventional, and almost completely lacking in energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2004
Jamie Foxx gets so far inside the man and his music that he and Ray Charles seem to breathe as one.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 20, 2004
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 19, 2004
This is an unflinching but deeply respectful look at one of the seminal musical artists of the 20th century.
October 14, 2004
It sings, and it swings.
September 29, 2004
A rangy, straightforward and entirely engrossing biopic.