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A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of teenagers who watched the tape while spending a weekend at a cabin in the mountains scoff at the threat, but as predicted, they all die suddenly on the same night. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts), the aunt of one of the ill-fated teens,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a treasure hunt reduced to isolated jolts and more clues than you can shake a stick at (every fly on the wall and child's drawing bristles with unholy significance), and an utter waste of Watts."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Not everything it might have been, then, but decent enough to have you tracking down the original."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A well-made remake that adds quite a bit to the original story. Alas, The Ring also feels dated and dull."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The movie is a dog from start to finish, with enough genre inconsistencies and plot holes to make it a textbook example of borrowing from too many divergent horror films to get anything right."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The creepy exploration of the unknown and unexplainable is far more frightening than the violent killings that typify most horror films."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A stylish Hollywood remake of the Japanese horror sensation that unfortunately has little personality of its own."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"I found The Ring moderately absorbing, largely for its elegantly colorful look and sound."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"For a remake and a modern Hollywood horror, it's pretty good."
‑ , Film4
"In many ways vastly superior to the original."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"What if you watch the tape twice, do you get three and a half days then? If you fast forward through it do you get fourteen? How about pausing it to go to the bathroom? Or only watching half, getting bored and turning it off?"
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Elegantly shot by Bojan Bazelli and designed by Tom Duffield, with a chilling Hans Zimmer score, this visually stunning movie serves up generous dollops of designer creepiness."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The boo! factor is waaaay up there -- a nine on a scale of 10. But the makes-sense factor is something like a three, at best."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This movie is very, very scary."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The American version retains much of the original but does little to justify its existence beyond the commercial considerations of relocating the setting to Seattle and filling the screen with Caucasian faces."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"As a concept, it's flawed. As a remake, it's good. As modern horror, it's a firecracker."
‑ Mark Dinning, Empire Magazine
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