The Ringer
The Ringer (2005)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 23, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite a few laughs and good intentions, The Ringer is too predictable to really score the points it aims for.

Stephanie Zacharek

The Ringer, for all its glaring flaws, pulls the rug out from under us.

Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Hits all the right notes in comedy, light down to Earth drama, and a resulting tasteful comedy that's worth watching.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's just so predictable.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Predictable and unconvincing as romantic comedy, the movie is surprisingly sweet and funny whenever Steve is hanging out with his fellow Special Olympics players.

Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

A good-natured comedy that isn't particularly interesting or, for that matter, very funny.

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Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice

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.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

As in the best Special Olympics events, everyone finds a way to win.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a whole lot better than one might've expected.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
As a film enthusiast, you're always looking to be surprised. The more one learns about a given medium or art form, the more one risks falling into… More
Bethany Murphy
Absolutely hilarious. Love Johnny Knoxville, he's a legend!
Alex roy
Comical, but disjointed, The Ringer fails at being an effective comedy that has any real merit. I don't personally think that this film makes fun of… More
Jim Careter
A cult classic, but I had problems with ending and Knoxvills character. Johnny Knoxville is a hilarious, so why in this do they try and make him the voice of… More
Mike S
Johnny Knoxville playing mentally challenged shouldn't be too much of a stretch for him. What with all the braincells he must have lost during his years in… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Credit to "retard #7" for not acting too retardy. he seemed only slightly retarded in the sense that he couldn't pronounce the word… More