The Ring
The Ring (2002)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 18, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With little gore and a lot of creepy visuals, The Ring gets under your skin, thanks to director Gore Verbinski's haunting sense of atmosphere and an impassioned performance from Naomi Watts.

Keith Phipps
AV Club

Gore Verbinski creates an air of dread that begins with the first scene and never lets up, subtly incorporating elements from the current wave of Japanese horror films along the way.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

The Ring, about a videotape that kills people, is so full of inconsistencies and plot holes that I stumbled from a recent screening with few answers, and a ton of questions.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A very strong movie in all the ways you need a horror movie to be strong. But it is a movie that could very obviously be better.

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David Edelstein

The filmmakers have wisely stayed close to the original's mood, which is somber and flat, with quick (near-subliminal) inserts and a soundtrack full of watery-grave groans and murmurs.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Watching The Ring won't kill you, but it could bore you half to death.

Alex Kaloostian
Christian Science Monitor

One of the most intelligent and genuinely scary ghost stories to come around in a long time.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

I hated it, but I grant that it does tap into a vein of technological horror -- the fear of the VCR! -- that will have young videophiles chatting it up for weeks.

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

The Ring doesn't have the wiliness or conviction to exploit either a single mother's guilt over child neglect or our collective queasiness over potential bad seeds. It merely alternates these themes and toys with them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Let's face it, horror films are always going to get remakes. There is no way around that statement, because whether it was made in a foreign country and… More
Louis Rogers
There's plenty of supporting thriller, narrative and character to make this relatively understated film really creep up on you and linger in the mind,… More
Bruce Bruce
Naomi Watts makes a good performance, but overall this movie is very disappointing. The story is rather predictable other than the plot twist at the end, but… More
Jason Spencer
Greg S
An urban legend says that seven days after watching a mysterious videotape, you will die; a journalist investigating the phenomenon has a week to figure out the… More
Letitia Lew
The plot was intriguing but so damn scary! Friend and I left halfway through the movie when we were teenagers... security guard took pity on us and let us out… More