Owen Gleiberman
November 12, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ray

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
152 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/29/04
performer
Jamie Foxx, Curtis Armstrong, Warwick Davis, Regina King, Sharon Warren, Kerry Washington
director
Taylor Hackford
distributor
Universal
author
Robert Eisele, Taylor Hackford, James L. White, Jimmy White
genre
Biography, Drama

We gave it an A-

Jamie Foxx, in a brilliant performance, feels his way into every groove and tremor of Ray Charles. Ray has a sprawling episodic structure that’s a bit lumpy, but it’s driven by the primal excitement of rock-and-soul at the moment of its discovery. Ray’s demons and temptations are portrayed without apology, as the expression of a man wired not to compromise his will.

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