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Generally favorable reviews- based on 164 Ratings

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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: 68 out of 92
  2. Negative: 14 out of 92
  1. 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 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
  2. Nov 7, 2012
    10
    A haunting and hypnotic show fueled by a flawlessly determined performance from the extraordinarily talented Naomi Watts.
  3. Jun 9, 2011
    9
    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. Jan 12, 2011
    8
    Come on, what are people looking for? One of the scariest lines I've ever heard/seen. "Mom you weren't supposed to help her". I know it's a copied Americanized version but still unique to us. As scary to an adult as a movie can be in my opinion. Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2012
    7
    In my opinion The Ring is one of the better scary movies of all time. I saw this at age 11 and I remember having nightmares for weeks about it. I don't care who you are, this sh*t will creep you out. Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2011
    6
    Though I am not a huge fan of horror movies, I was pleasantly thrilled by this movie. Unlike a lot of movies, The Ring did not focus solely on sex and violence to sell the plot, nor did it rely on sudden jolts or murderers jumping out at the character in order to scare the audience. Instead, most of the horror came from the expectation of something scary, or from the disturbing nature of what was happening; the famous TV-scene was enough to make me avoid my television for a couple of hours. All in all, it was an entertaining movie and piqued my interest in the second one. 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 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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