Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. 38
    Instead of watching a professional actor pretending to be intellectually disabled, we're watching a jackass pretending to be a dimwit pretending to be intellectually disabled.
  2. 38
    Come on. You want to know if it's funny. And the answer is: kind of.
  3. 30
    A flimsy setup dooms this from the start, though its sheer awfulness is something to see.
  4. 25
    It's getting harder to sustain a rooting interest in the career of Johnny Knoxville.
  5. Knoxville, Jed Rees and Bill Chott act daffy and more impaired than their counterparts, and that never sat right with me. This may not be the equivalent of acting in blackface, but it's awfully close.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    You could make a very funny comedy about a guy who pretends to be retarded so he can win the Special Olympics, but The Ringer isn't it.
  7. 0
    The Ringer is astoundingly craptastic not because the handicapped are handled poorly (though if they were paid more than union scale I'd be surprised), but because it's one of the most singularly unfunny films ever made.

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