Ray

Universal Pictures | Release Date: October 29, 2004
8.8
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NickHNov 20, 2005
Jamie Foxx may give a wonderful performance as Ray, but the movie on a whole isn't all that good. Outside of the character Ray, most of the dialouge is akwardly written. Regina King is the only one in the supporting cast who takes the Jamie Foxx may give a wonderful performance as Ray, but the movie on a whole isn't all that good. Outside of the character Ray, most of the dialouge is akwardly written. Regina King is the only one in the supporting cast who takes the script by the horns and really shines. Hackford, while a decent director, didn't seem ready to go out and make this movie - the whole film has a sort of "made for TV" look about it. Sometimes I wonder that if Ray Charles hadn't died, would this movie have been so "amazing" to so many people? I doubt it, but Foxx and King would have still gotten the credit they deserved. Expand
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juliankleissJan 7, 2011
The movie claims it is not the blindness that cripples one, but the drug abuse. Explains how to get along without one's eyes. A lot of music, but little insight into his music making. At times boring if you are not a Ray Charles fan.
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CharlieBOct 28, 2004
Beautiful performances, but boxy, stiff, claustrophobic direction - after all, it's Taylor Hackford. I hate it when I can't wait for a movie to be over!
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CharliePMar 24, 2005
The musical numbers are great, Jamie Foxx does a great job, but the script just stinks. In an effort to cover an entire life's ups and downs in just 2 hours, every big event is compressed into such a tiny bit of dialogue that the whole The musical numbers are great, Jamie Foxx does a great job, but the script just stinks. In an effort to cover an entire life's ups and downs in just 2 hours, every big event is compressed into such a tiny bit of dialogue that the whole things gets melodramatic and campy. By all means, go for the music, but don't expect anything more than that. Expand
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JeffLDec 23, 2004
There is too much going on in Ray for any one thing to truly sink in. Scenes fly by touching on key aspects but strongly invoke the pace and depth akin to television dramas. My sense is that Ray is trying to be two movies: 1) a story about There is too much going on in Ray for any one thing to truly sink in. Scenes fly by touching on key aspects but strongly invoke the pace and depth akin to television dramas. My sense is that Ray is trying to be two movies: 1) a story about the American dream gone awry and then gone right again and 2) the story of Ray's traumatic childhood. That these two threads merge in the end is a serious no-no, smacking of contrivance and excessive sentimentality. Expand
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ryancarroll88Aug 26, 2010
"Ray" is definitely worth the watch for Jamie Foxx's performance alone, but it's a far shot from becoming a classic simply because it doesn't take any unexpected strides to make itself memorable. As far as biopics go, it's miles behind "I'm"Ray" is definitely worth the watch for Jamie Foxx's performance alone, but it's a far shot from becoming a classic simply because it doesn't take any unexpected strides to make itself memorable. As far as biopics go, it's miles behind "I'm Not There" and "American Splendor" (and it might be unfair to bring up "Lawrence of Arabia" or "Raging Bull") Expand
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avatar16Mar 21, 2012
Ray est l'exemple type du biopic classique. A savoir, on choisit une célébrité (ici, Ray Charles) et on en fait un film sur sa vie, sans réaliser la moindre prouesse question mise enRay est l'exemple type du biopic classique. A savoir, on choisit une célébrité (ici, Ray Charles) et on en fait un film sur sa vie, sans réaliser la moindre prouesse question mise en scène, le tout reposant sur les épaules de l'acteur principal (Jamie Foxx) et également sur la bo (c'est quand même Ray Charles!). Sans compter dans le lot un montage rapide et brouillon. Mais fort heureusement, Ray est un film qui se laisse suivre sans déplaisir, et ce grâce à une certaine énergie, dûe justement à la rapidité du montage (en l'occurence avantage et défaut à la fois), la distribution et les chansons de l'artiste. Un biopic animé et qui nous dévoile (tout de même) quelques vices de ce personnage (drogue, adultère...). Expand
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