Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. 78
    The less said about The Ring, the better for you, the sooner-to-be-freaked-out.
  2. 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.
  3. 50
    The unworthy new Hollywood remake of Japan's horror phenomenon, ''Ring,'' has packed on a definite article and a whole lot of hooey.
  4. If your senses haven't been dulled by slasher films and gorefests, if you're a connoisseur of psychological horror, this is your ticket.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Ends up a few frames short of the perfect horror film, but very few.
  8. At last Dreamworks has given us the stuff of nightmare.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Jim Agnew
    Dark, disturbing and original throughout. You know that you’re going to see something a little different than your usual studio crap.
  11. 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.
  12. 60
    In the final reel, the tension dissipates with a flabby hiss, as the film devolves into a banal, conventional ghost story.
  13. 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.
  14. 63
    It's an understatement to say that The Ring is not your ordinary horror film. And never forget to rewind.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    This visually stunning movie serves up generous dollops of designer creepiness.
  18. A creepy, oozy, dopey remake of the stylish 1998 Japanese thriller, "Ringu."
  19. 58
    Never quite catches fire. They take a crackerjack premise and a comely, committed leading lady and turn in a merely OK film.
  20. 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.
  21. 80
    The pickings are slim for scares this Halloween season (Ghost Ship, Below), so The Ring wins first prize by default.
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    So good it's scary.
  24. The Ring, is going to be this year's version of the "Blair Witch" and "Sixth Sense" phenomenon.
  25. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The movie is meant to get into you like a virus, and it does.
  26. 80
    As a marriage of big-budget filmmaking and old-fashioned scare tactics, it easily ranks alongside last year's "The Others."
  27. 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.
  28. 40
    While impressively made, this impassive and cold feature fails, in a spectacular fashion, to deliver the thrills.
  29. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.
  30. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A frighteningly good horror movie with enough solid scares to freeze the blood of ardent fans and newcomers alike.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 96
  2. Negative: 15 out of 96
  1. GordonM.
    Jul 24, 2006
    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 »
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    At the time, I recall an obsession amongst the public. Looking back, it's dated. Largely because of it's VHS nature. The Ring is successful in its thrills, but unfortunately not a Gore Verbinski masterpiece. Full Review »
  3. Dec 14, 2013
    The 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 »