(I) (2004)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
100
Chicago Tribune
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.
91
Entertainment Weekly
As a musical biography, Ray is driven by the primal excitement of rock-and-soul at the moment of its discovery.
90
Wall Street Journal
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.
88
Jamie Foxx gets so far inside the man and his music that he and Ray Charles seem to breathe as one.
88
Ray could not have been made without star Jamie Foxx.
88
New York Daily News
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.
88
New York Post
Contains large helpings of Hollywood schmaltz, stereotype and clich,, but it's also pretty impossible to resist.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
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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