Ringu (Ring)
Ringu (Ring) (1998)

In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at a certain time of the night, the telephone will ring right afterward, and one week later, you will die. When Masami… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ringu combines supernatural elements with anxieties about modern technology in a truly frightening and unnerving way.

Daniel Fierman
Entertainment Weekly

If you don't mind, I'm off to the corner of my office to curl into a fetal position and rock slowly.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

The finale, too, still feels as twisted, bizarre and down-right nightmarish as it did all those years ago.

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Neil Norman
London Evening Standard

Ring put the willies up me, big time.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Ringu has a minimalist intensity that can stop the heart with a simple flash-cut or a well-timed fillip in the musical score.

Variety Staff

Classically shot, with effective use of stereo sound effects, the movie is almost entirely free of visual horror and the usual Eastern ghost cliches, managing to suspend auds' disbelief in the hokey story through pure atmosphere.

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Total Film

A sure, stealthy shocker which certainly primes you for the sequel.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

As good as The Ring is, it can't top the original for sheer, shivering terror.

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Edward Crouse
Village Voice

Eschewing blood for a sinuous tone of Videodromic dread, Ring forces fear into every cut as a psychic telejournalist counts down the hours till a fatal visitation, while making a gung ho attempt to save her brood.

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Mark Kermode
Sight and Sound

Director Hideo Nakata manages to strike a genuinely alarming balance between the cultural depths of Japanese folklore and the surface sheen of latter-day teen culture.

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