The Ringer

Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
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  1. 60
    An odd and not wholly successful little comedy. Its pacing is slack, and although it has a gentle heart, it treads so gingerly across the minefield of potential offensiveness that it sometimes snuffs out its sparks of life as quickly as it throws them off.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    60
    As with "Stuck On You," this is proof that when the Farrellys are involved (even as mere producers), ribald yet humane comedy can be mined from the most potentially offensive sources.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    50
    The movie strains so hard to have its heart in the right place that it never really exploits the guilty-pleasure fun of the premise.
  4. This wannabe daring comedy about a man who attempts to "fix" the Special Olympics strains for that patented naughty and nice balance with squirmingly squishy results.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Sometimes veering close to being a promotional film for the Special Olympics, pic will be applauded by the disability community and its advocates but quickly ignored by longtime fans of the Farrellys and Knoxville.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    50
    At the sweet heart of this silly film is a determination to upend the clich├ęs and assumptions applied to the population we condescendingly label "special."
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Knoxville is functional only when the movie needs a bravura comic performance, but The Ringer is easy enough to take.
  8. Whether Ringer, with its mild comedy and milder messages about inclusiveness and tolerance, will be embraced by Knoxville's hardcore "Jackass" fans remains to be seen. But we can at least trust that the Farrellys will stay the course.
  9. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    50
    The Ringer is a movie whose good intentions shine a lot brighter than its art.
  10. Not extreme enough to skate the edge of tasteless farce and not straight enough to play the material for edgy satire, The Ringer is a cheat right down to the final stretch. Breaking the rules should be more fun than this.
  11. More than predictable. It plods along with the inevitability of a doomed soldier going off to war.
  12. 40
    An uncomfortable intermingling of message movie and gross-out comedy, a sporadically funny vehicle that indicts its audience for laughing.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Feb 2, 2015
    8
    Sure it may be focusing on a touchy subject and it could be considered offensive to some people but overall I found The Ringer a funny andSure it may be focusing on a touchy subject and it could be considered offensive to some people but overall I found The Ringer a funny and cute movie. Johnny Knoxville working with the developmentally disabled kids made for some funny moments and you just can't help but feel content by the way he treats these people. I'm sure its not that easy to taint the special Olympics but the movie didn't have the stupidest plot in the world and I was really shocked by how much I really enjoyed it. Full Review »
  2. BubbleMan
    Jun 17, 2006
    8
    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 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 »
  3. CharlieN.
    May 17, 2006
    6
    It has a good heart, but it's not very funny.