Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    100
    So good it's scary.
  2. The creepiest, clammiest, twitchiest squealfest in months. It offers, among its many pleasures, the happiness of safe fear.
  3. Reviewed by: Jim Agnew
    80
    Dark, disturbing and original throughout. You know that you’re going to see something a little different than your usual studio crap.
  4. 80
    The pickings are slim for scares this Halloween season (Ghost Ship, Below), so The Ring wins first prize by default.
  5. 80
    As a marriage of big-budget filmmaking and old-fashioned scare tactics, it easily ranks alongside last year's "The Others."
  6. At last Dreamworks has given us the stuff of nightmare.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.
  8. 78
    The less said about The Ring, the better for you, the sooner-to-be-freaked-out.
  9. Ends up a few frames short of the perfect horror film, but very few.
  10. If your senses haven't been dulled by slasher films and gorefests, if you're a connoisseur of psychological horror, this is your ticket.
  11. The best thing about the movie, which is a very elegantly crafted piece of gothic snuff hokum, is the way it teases and intrigues us with the revelation of what's on that tape.
  12. The Ring, is going to be this year's version of the "Blair Witch" and "Sixth Sense" phenomenon.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    A frighteningly good horror movie with enough solid scares to freeze the blood of ardent fans and newcomers alike.
  14. 70
    A deviously engineered parasite that'll crawl under your skin and live in your nervous system for a while if you give it half a chance.
  15. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    This visually stunning movie serves up generous dollops of designer creepiness.
  16. 63
    It's an understatement to say that The Ring is not your ordinary horror film. And never forget to rewind.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Too many threads are left dangling and the movie ultimately proves too implausible to put alongside those horror classics.
  18. It's a workmanlike, passably engrossing horror flick that copies well from the Japanese original. When it's good, it's not original, and when it's original, it's not so good.
  19. 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.
  20. 60
    In the final reel, the tension dissipates with a flabby hiss, as the film devolves into a banal, conventional ghost story.
  21. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The movie is meant to get into you like a virus, and it does.
  22. 58
    Never quite catches fire. They take a crackerjack premise and a comely, committed leading lady and turn in a merely OK film.
  23. 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.
  24. 50
    A stylish but distressingly generic and not particularly scary American remake of a phenomenally popular Japanese supernatural thriller that spawned two sequels and a TV miniseries.
  25. A creepy, oozy, dopey remake of the stylish 1998 Japanese thriller, "Ringu."
  26. 50
    The unworthy new Hollywood remake of Japan's horror phenomenon, ''Ring,'' has packed on a definite article and a whole lot of hooey.
  27. 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.
  28. Certainly acceptable. But no one seeing it is going to feel as spooked as executive producer Roy Lee. To make an audience feel that intensely, you need a different kind of director and a different kind of film.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Comes across in muted fashion, with uninvolving characters and lack of genuine excitement or fright creating a second-rate, second-hand feel.
  30. Has its creepy moments, but also its cliches.
  31. 40
    Watts is extra-watchable and, as I say, the filmmaker does achieve a style and tone the script never comes close to living up to. Otherwise, Verbinski's adaptation of the 1998 Japanese hit "Ringu" misses the mark almost completely.
  32. 40
    While impressively made, this impassive and cold feature fails, in a spectacular fashion, to deliver the thrills.
  33. 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
  34. Requiring an enormous amount of suspended disbelief, the original Rings may be a culture-specific phenom; despite strenuous efforts to Americanize Nakata's field of bad dreams, the preview audience did a lot of cackling.
  35. Won't kill you, but it could bore you half to death.
  36. 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.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 188 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 97
  2. Negative: 14 out of 97
  1. Dec 14, 2013
    6
    The Ring provides its fail share of thrills but fails to provide enough scares to live up to its "horror" premise, even with its interestingThe Ring provides its fail share of thrills but fails to provide enough scares to live up to its "horror" premise, even with its interesting plot and characters. Full Review »
  2. GordonM.
    Jul 24, 2006
    10
    This is the best movie of all time! I personally can't see what people are moaning about! I was so scared when Samara came out of the This is the best movie of all time! I personally can't see what people are moaning about! I was so scared when Samara came out of the T.V. It is the perfect horror movie, and Naomi Watts played the part perfectly. My friends love it, I love it, so it IS the best movie ever made! Full Review »
  3. Nov 9, 2014
    6
    The Ring provides its fail share of thrills but fails to provide enough scares to live up to its "horror" premise, even with its interestingThe Ring provides its fail share of thrills but fails to provide enough scares to live up to its "horror" premise, even with its interesting plot and characters. Full Review »