Blind since childhood, Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx) overcomes poverty, hardship and addiction and becomes an American music legend.
" It takes all of five seconds, tops, to believe that Jamie Foxx is the young Ray Charles. "
" Enjoy the music -- and Foxx. They're terrific. "
" Jamie Foxx's all-encompassing performance in the title role more than justifies the early Oscar gossip it has generated. "
" What can Ray tell us about such a familiar figure? A Lot. "
" It is in Ray's many music sequences that Hackford's direction is most confident. "
" Foxx helps us to truly understand how much Charles' blindness allows him to achieve, especially when combined with an innate wiliness. "
" Any viewers who look at Ray and see only cliches 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Foxx's performance is an absolute career-maker, and he's surrounded by fine actors. By amazing music, too. "
" Let's just give him his Oscar now and be done with it. "
" To describe Foxx's performance here is to gush, and so gush we will. "
" Jamie Foxx is incredible as musical giant Ray Charles. "
" The music is inspired and the cast terrifically committed, but Ray is still a long way from being a good movie. "
" 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. "
" Eminently worth seeing. "
" Foxx does what he's supposed to. He steals his own show. "
" Vibrantly intelligent and tough-minded. "
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