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  • Summary: In this remake of one of Japan's biggest box office hits, Naomi Watts plays a journalist who discovers a mysterious videotape that is connected to several deaths.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    So good it's scary.
  2. 80
    As a marriage of big-budget filmmaking and old-fashioned scare tactics, it easily ranks alongside last year's "The Others."
  3. Ends up a few frames short of the perfect horror film, but very few.
  4. 63
    What we have here is a suburban-legend movie stripped of rough edges and cut off from any depth that might have made it insidiously haunting.
  5. 50
    The kind of dread dark horror film where you better hope nobody in the audience snickers, because the film teeters right on the edge of the ridiculous.
  6. 50
    Takes things too far by leaving about 75% of its questions unanswered. This isn't an artistic choice; it's screenwriting sloppiness, and it results in a profoundly dissatisfying experience.
  7. It's an utter waste of Watts; there's not a trace here of the talent on display in Mulholland Drive, perhaps because the script doesn't bother to give her a character.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 92
  2. Negative: 14 out of 92
  1. Apr 9, 2013
    It's a real horror thrilling film with actual goosebumps raising on your arms. And it holds a perfectly gripping story- very horrific and violent though. The film is effective on the mind and is visually brilliant through horror and graphic. The tape is very scary as Gore Verbinski has made it. Very gripping and a masterpiece from start to Finish. Now, a normal sensitive person wouldn't watch this movie because its very very scary movie but if you look it by thriller it's very intense and gripping. The tape is very unusual and weird telling the horrific story of Samara Morgan the main focused part of the movie- the villain and the controller of the tape. You wouldn't get the climax and you would with Samara creaking out of the tv that the camera guy is watching. Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2012
    A haunting and hypnotic show fueled by a flawlessly determined performance from the extraordinarily talented Naomi Watts.
  3. Jun 9, 2011
    It is scary, it is suspenseful, and it has a great story. The acting was excellent, and you never know how its going to end. It was one of the scariest movies I have seen, although movies don't really scare me that much. Expand
  4. Jul 10, 2011
    I had the chance to watch The Ring again over the weekend as I hadnt seen the movie for several years and had fond memories of it when it first came out. The movie holds up fairly well despite that the flickering creepy visuals which on release seemed fresh and original are now very common place in film and television. The tone and the creepy atmosphere are still what the movie does well, its very relieving to watch a horror movie that doesnt rely on violence and gore to get its message out. The acting and characters do their job and the plot holes arent big enough to be too distracting. Overall I would still consider The Ring one of my favourite modern horror movies, still being creepy and intriguing, despite perhaps not standing out of the crowd as much as it once did. Expand
  5. Sep 21, 2012
    Gore Verbinski made a highly thrilling movie, although there are almost none of the usual shock effects. It's no masterpiece and sometimes there stay gaps in the plot, but all in all, this is is a great psycho thriller with two really good child actors. Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    The Ring is a clever script that doesn't quite come through in the clutch. It leaves so many questions unanswered at the end of the film that it is frustrating. However, the entire movie keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat wanting to know what will happen next. There are satisfying moments of suspense, tension, thrill, and fear. The film lacks exposition which hurts the main characters like-ability throughout, but despite the writing flaws Watts and Henderson do a decent job. The cinematography is breathtaking for a horror film and the sound mixing is exceptional. I have not indulged in the second of the series yet, but after this strong showing I will absolutely check it out. The Ring is a a few answers away from being a groundbreaking horror hit, and for die hard horror fans is a must see. Expand
  7. Oct 25, 2010
    This is possibly the worst movie I have seen in my 13 years of life!. It's interesting but there is also a lot of things missing. I mean the worst part for me was when the horse was killed. What the hell is in the directors mind shooting this scene, I am a strong animal lover, so i hated it. TWO THUMBS DOWN Expand

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