Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As a musical biography, Ray is driven by the primal excitement of rock-and-soul at the moment of its discovery.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
At the center of it all is an incomparable singer brought to life by a sensational actor. With a huge soul to fill, Jamie Foxx has filled it to overflowing.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Every once in a while, a performance pops out of a Hollywood movie that is so brilliant and unique to the matching of actor to role that it's impossible to imagine anyone else achieving it.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Jamie Foxx gets so far inside the man and his music that he and Ray Charles seem to breathe as one.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Ray could not have been made without star Jamie Foxx.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Foxx's complex performance and the filmmaker's willingness to look at the dark side place Ray safely out of the realm of typical Hollywood hagiography.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
He (Ray) was, a more complicated man than this film, or perhaps any film, dares allow. Foxx is not at fault here.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Unlike his songs, the film holds something back. It goes deep into a life filled with as much trouble and pain as triumph and accomplishment but never quite gets at the root of who Ray is.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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