• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 13, 2011
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 95
  2. Negative: 17 out of 95

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  1. Oct 5, 2011
    6
    With all respect to the critics, "Ringer" is not film noir but film de violette. A labyrinthine melodrama that celebrates improbability and demands that actors chew not only the scenery but also the props, the costumes, and a few hapless extras, "Ringer" should be unwatchable. It's somehow better than the sum of its parts, though. Is it saved by the casting of Sarah Michelle Gellar asWith all respect to the critics, "Ringer" is not film noir but film de violette. A labyrinthine melodrama that celebrates improbability and demands that actors chew not only the scenery but also the props, the costumes, and a few hapless extras, "Ringer" should be unwatchable. It's somehow better than the sum of its parts, though. Is it saved by the casting of Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin train-wrecks? No: in fact, the show could have saved a lot of money--and time in the editing room--by casting a pair of inflatable dolls, who might also have proved more expressive. I had to laugh when a catty friend told Poor Twin Posing As Rich Twin (PTPART) "Your botox is better than mine," which is supposed to be funny because PTPART hasn't had botox but is actually funny because Gellar has quite a limited range of facial expressions regardless of which twin she's playing. And that line offers a key to the admittedly modest appeal of "Ringers," which is that the show (unlike some of the characters) doesn't take itself too seriously. Expand
  2. Aug 7, 2012
    5
    The pilot came off too heavy and the episodes to come did not follow. Lack of consistency. All fuss over dry material. Not worth the time or money. However, SMG is the same girl we all loved in Buffy and did give her character the enticing persona.
  3. May 7, 2012
    6
    Set in upper class New York, Ringer's story revolves around two identical twins both played by Gellar. On the run to avoid being killed, Bridget takes her sister Siobhan's place in wealthy New York in order to stay alive when she believes Siobhan has killed herself. However, as it pretty quickly turns out, by doing this she unwittingly inserts herself into her sister's devilish schemes.Set in upper class New York, Ringer's story revolves around two identical twins both played by Gellar. On the run to avoid being killed, Bridget takes her sister Siobhan's place in wealthy New York in order to stay alive when she believes Siobhan has killed herself. However, as it pretty quickly turns out, by doing this she unwittingly inserts herself into her sister's devilish schemes.


    The story is dizzying with twists and turns and it can be slightly convoluted with the same actress playing two roles on top of flashbacks of each role. It can take time at the beginning of a scene to work out which character is being portrayed by Gellar. Helped at first with Siobhan hiding out in Paris, this challenge only increases when she moves back to New York.

    Weighing in at a ridiculous 22 episodes, Ringer is definitely several episodes too long yet as the story lines finally begin to be wrapped up towards the end of the season, there are some strong episodes and twists aplenty as the scheming and backstabbing takes its toll on several characters. Serving as executive producer, Gellar managed to recruit a strong supporting cast including Ioan Gruffudd and Nestor Carbonell (Richard from Lost). Ringer features a very contemporary soundtrack which fits well with its glamorous New York suburbanite settings.

    There were times I doubted how much scope remained in the story for any future seasons but with the final revelations the writers set the scene for a second season of sibling squabbles. However, the future of this show remains in doubts as a second season is yet to be confirmed.
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Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 13, 2011
    60
    Skidding through twists and turns aplenty, the intentionally soapy plot generates a lot of fun froth, but Gellar has a hard time playing one troubled and complicated woman, much less two.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 13, 2011
    80
    The CW's tale of an evil twin and an even eviler twin, is devious doppelganger drama at its best.
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 13, 2011
    40
    I'll admit that between the CW and ABC Family, I'm having trouble keeping track of the duos who've been separated at birth, switched at birth, given up at birth and in the case of Ringer, apparently just found themselves drifting apart into different worlds, but by halfway through tonight's pilot, I felt as if I'd seen this one before.