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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
    100
    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: 70 out of 98
  2. Negative: 14 out of 98
  1. Laurens.
    May 14, 2006
    10
    I had to sleep with my parents for three nights. very very terrifying. my friends and i are still scared of samara. compelling, and I had to sleep with my parents for three nights. very very terrifying. my friends and i are still scared of samara. compelling, and psychlogical. loved it. Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    10
    Scary as hell.
  3. 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! Expand
  4. AaronM
    Jan 30, 2009
    8
    I'd say it's more of a Mystery/suspense than a horror movie. It was interesting finding out what all of the weird stuff was about. I'd say it's more of a Mystery/suspense than a horror movie. It was interesting finding out what all of the weird stuff was about. Not particularly "scary" but the video is freaking creepy. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Mel
    Nov 11, 2005
    6
    Let's face it, this movie is not scary. It draws you in because you wonder what happened to the little girl and why she wants to hurt Let's face it, this movie is not scary. It draws you in because you wonder what happened to the little girl and why she wants to hurt people, but sleepless nights? I don't think so! 'White Noise' gave me sleepless nights and is far scarier. This is just an interesting supernatural thriller. Expand
  7. KevinB.
    Jul 21, 2006
    1
    okey dokey...first off: the only reason it gets a 1 is cause some of the screen shots were pretty cool, being a black & white photographer okey dokey...first off: the only reason it gets a 1 is cause some of the screen shots were pretty cool, being a black & white photographer and all. But as a movie? This was a complete and utter waste of time...sadly most scarey movies are like this today: not scarey. A little girl who records herself crawling out of a well, and then gives it to somebody and makes funny noises. The only reason I saw it in the theater? A friend of mine was scared to see it. While alot of people were screaming in fear, me and a few other strangers got together and made fun of it. OMG! a little girl with black hair! AH save me! now i cant sleep for Weeks!!! Expand

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