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  • Summary: This fearless comedy from producers The Farrelly Brothers asks the question: can a comedy be outlandishly off-the-wall, irreverently indelicate and yet...inspirational? The Ringer spikes the uproarious with the uplifting in a story about an ordinary man who discovers what it truly means toThis fearless comedy from producers The Farrelly Brothers asks the question: can a comedy be outlandishly off-the-wall, irreverently indelicate and yet...inspirational? The Ringer spikes the uproarious with the uplifting in a story about an ordinary man who discovers what it truly means to be special when he attempts to "fix" the Special Olympics. (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. 75
    The movie surprised me. It treats its disabled characters with affection and respect, it has a plot that uses the Special Olympics instead of misusing them, and it's actually kind of sweet.
  2. These guys are laugh-out-loud funny, not because they're being belittled, but because they're finally getting a chance to show a sense of humor onscreen.
  3. If the movie were as funny as it is well-meaning, this would be one for the ages.
  4. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    50
    The Ringer is a movie whose good intentions shine a lot brighter than its art.
  5. 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."
  6. 40
    An uncomfortable intermingling of message movie and gross-out comedy, a sporadically funny vehicle that indicts its audience for laughing.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. MaryR.
    Dec 25, 2005
    9
    Very sweet and funny. Except for some occasional crude humor, it is a good family movie so that kids can see that mentally challenged people Very sweet and funny. Except for some occasional crude humor, it is a good family movie so that kids can see that mentally challenged people are no different -- they love and laugh just like everyone else. Expand
  2. TylerD.
    Jan 29, 2006
    9
    The Ringer worked surprisingly well. Johnny Knoxville actually makes fun of himself rather than than the handicapped, which I'm sure The Ringer worked surprisingly well. Johnny Knoxville actually makes fun of himself rather than than the handicapped, which I'm sure many of you thought wasn't going to happen. Many of the funny parts come from the handicapped making fun of Knoxville, like the part "When the F*** did we get ice cream!?". The handicapped definitely outsmart the non-handicapped in this laugh-out-loud comedy. Collapse
  3. RobertC.
    Mar 30, 2006
    9
    Clearly this is a film which produces strong reactions. I thought it was jaw droppingly brilliant and funny. I could have done without the 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. Expand
  4. lolal.
    Dec 22, 2005
    8
    Hilarious! Although, if you have no experience with people with special needs then you probably cannot appreciate the humour to its fullest Hilarious! Although, if you have no experience with people with special needs then you probably cannot appreciate the humour to its fullest extent. Portrays everyone realistically without being overly 'nice' to those who face different challenges than others. Expand
  5. DanL.
    Dec 24, 2005
    7
    It's ehh......more of a rent than to dish out 9.95 for. Oh, and Johnny Knoxville is NOT funny.
  6. CharlieN.
    May 17, 2006
    6
    It has a good heart, but it's not very funny.
  7. DrewH.
    Dec 23, 2005
    0
    Hahaha o wow this plot is hilarious i cant believe how original they were! o wait i remember a southpark episode where cartman rigged the Hahaha o wow this plot is hilarious i cant believe how original they were! o wait i remember a southpark episode where cartman rigged the special olympics to make money. Expand

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