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Jamie Foxx gives a dazzling, Oscar-winning performance as Ray Charles, the soul music innovator who overcame humble beginnings and the loss of his eyesight to become a true giant of 20th century music. While critics split down the middle on the effectiveness of Taylor Hackford's by-the-numbers pacing and direction, the acclaim for Foxx's performance has been loud and unanimous. With every word and gesture, Foxx communicates the essence of the man who gave the world "Unchain My Heart", "Georgia", "Hit the Road, Jack", "Hallelujah I Just Love Her So", and many other hits. "Like Charles' music itself, [Ray] breaks your heart, makes it brim with joy and ultimately fills it with a deep belief in beauty and salvation" (Paul Clinton, CNN).

Taylor Hackford---USA---2004---153 mins.