The Ring

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

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The movie is meant to get into you like a virus, and it does.
  2. 60
    In the final reel, the tension dissipates with a flabby hiss, as the film devolves into a banal, conventional ghost story.
  3. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    58
    Never quite catches fire. They take a crackerjack premise and a comely, committed leading lady and turn in a merely OK film.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 50
    The unworthy new Hollywood remake of Japan's horror phenomenon, ''Ring,'' has packed on a definite article and a whole lot of hooey.
  7. A creepy, oozy, dopey remake of the stylish 1998 Japanese thriller, "Ringu."
  8. Has its creepy moments, but also its cliches.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 40
    While impressively made, this impassive and cold feature fails, in a spectacular fashion, to deliver the thrills.
  13. 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.
User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 350 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 105
  2. Negative: 14 out of 105
  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 »