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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. BubbleMan
    Jun 17, 2006
    It wasn't as good as Benchwarmers IMO because it was like true love, not funny love. But otherwise it was a really good movie with funny jokes through out the whole movie. Full Review »
  2. CharlieN.
    May 17, 2006
    It has a good heart, but it's not very funny.
  3. RobertC.
    Mar 30, 2006
    Clearly this is a film which produces strong reactions. I thought it was jaw droppingly brilliant and funny. I could have done without the sentimental epilogue but the US seems to like that sort of thing and they made it. I thought the girl was a dish - where has she been all my life? Sadly the enormous cinema inLleicester square where I saw it was empty. Pity. Full Review »