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At Theaters: 10/29/2004 On Video: 2/1/2005
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 32 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439975
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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The story of Ray – that of an impoverished, blind child of the segregated South who went on to break down social and artistic barriers and change the history of American music – is the quintessentially American story of a man’s fight to control his own destiny.
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Drama Musical - This inspirational biography of the late singer is aimed at adult moviegoers. Drug use and adult themes make the film inappropriate for younger children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jamie Foxx COLLATERAL, BREAKIN' ALL THE RULES, BAIT, HELD UP
Kerry Washington SHE HATE ME, BAD COMPANY
Clifton Powell NEVER DIE ALONE
Harry Lennix BARBERSHOP 2, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
Director: Taylor Hackford PROOF OF LIFE
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Introduction to Ray's Life
Uncovering Ray
Being Ray
Loving Ray
Managers & Musicians
Decades of Designs
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PROFANITY: 8 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Implied sexual situations and fleeting related nudity.
VIOLENCE: Some fighting and a slap.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and heroin use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Wisecracks and comic situations, some innuendo.
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average Taylor Hackford's Ray has a tremendous performance by Jamie Foxx and a soundtrack that is jammed with recordings by the late Ray Charles, but both work in service of a paint-by-numbers screenplay that runs too long and could have been developed in Biopic 101. This is a stagnant motion picture that runs out of energy well before the halfway point, then staggers through the seemingly interminable final hour.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Excellent 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. Yes, there are moments when an incident in Ray's life instantly inspires a song (I doubt "What'd I Say?" translated quite so instantly from life to music).

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 240 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
14
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
23
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
31
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
66
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
86
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 240 moviegoer opinions. OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! I haven't seen such a large percentage of "Fantastic" opinions in a long time. Equally important is the fact that no one rated it low. "RAY" IS A MUST SEE!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
If a life is merely the sum of its parts, then the story of Ray Charles might read as a tale of personal highs and lows behind a lengthy, award-winning career in the music business.

But for a man who synthesized his struggles, pain and personal darkness as effectively as he incorporated a myriad of musical styles—Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rock and Roll, Gospel, Country & Western—into his art, the story reads much differently, transformed from a sequence of events and accomplishments into a compelling and ultimately inspiring journey of a one-of-a-kind genius with a distinct vision…who, along the way, gave the world a new way to hear.

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