The Ringer
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A guy trying to do the right thing ends up taking part in one of the most morally dubious con games in history in this comedy. Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) is an office drone who wants to move up the corporate ladder, but when he asks his boss for a promotion, it comes with a condition -- Steve has to fire Stavi (Luis Avalos), who has been the firm's janitor for years. Steve decides to soften the blow by hiring Stavi to do his lawn and garden work. However, an accident robs Stavi of several of his fingers, and since he doesn't have medical insurance, Steve needs to find a way to pay… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Ringer, for all its glaring flaws, pulls the rug out from under us."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"The worthwhile bits are few and far between. In the rush to avoid exploiting the athletes, the filmmakers have stuck it to the audience instead. Not funny."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"A good-natured comedy that isn't particularly interesting or, for that matter, very funny."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"It's a bold idea, taking mental handicap as a backdrop for a story about a man's growing up, but this film chickens out as soon as it begins. Nothing is real, nothing is at risk."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Hilarious comedy with a superb script and strong comic performances - this is undoubtedly the funniest comedy of the year."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It's just so predictable."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Predictable and unconvincing as romantic comedy, the movie is surprisingly sweet and funny whenever Steve is hanging out with his fellow Special Olympics players."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"...a whole lot better than one might've expected."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Knoxville não é um grande ator, mas o filme é suficientemente divertido (ainda que não engraçado) e tem um bom coração."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Knoxville gives an amazingly risky performance--how many actors would have dared to do this?"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"An uncomfortable intermingling of message movie and gross-out comedy, a sporadically funny vehicle that indicts its audience for laughing. Come on, guys. You can't have your fun and eat it too."
‑ Akiva Gottlieb, Village Voice
"Hits all the right notes in comedy, light down to Earth drama, and a resulting tasteful comedy that's worth watching."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"my biggest complaint about the film is that it was too soft"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Navel-scratching slobs won't enjoy this any more than navel-gazing snobs once they catch a whiff of its overwhelming timidity."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"With Knoxville in the lead, it's condescending, unoriginal, and boorish."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
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