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The Ringer (2005)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 52

Despite a few laughs and good intentions, The Ringer is too predictable to really score the points it aims for.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 16

Despite a few laughs and good intentions, The Ringer is too predictable to really score the points it aims for.



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A guy trying to do the right thing ends up taking part in one of the most morally dubious con games in history in this comedy. Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) is an office drone who wants to move up the corporate ladder, but when he asks his boss for a promotion, it comes with a condition -- Steve has to fire Stavi (Luis Avalos), who has been the firm's janitor for years. Steve decides to soften the blow by hiring Stavi to do his lawn and garden work. However, an accident robs Stavi of several




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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (52) | DVD (22)

The Ringer, for all its glaring flaws, pulls the rug out from under us.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source:
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It's just so predictable.

January 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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An uncomfortable intermingling of message movie and gross-out comedy, a sporadically funny vehicle that indicts its audience for laughing. Come on, guys. You can't have your fun and eat it too.

December 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The worthwhile bits are few and far between. In the rush to avoid exploiting the athletes, the filmmakers have stuck it to the audience instead. Not funny.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Predictable and unconvincing as romantic comedy, the movie is surprisingly sweet and funny whenever Steve is hanging out with his fellow Special Olympics players.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A good-natured comedy that isn't particularly interesting or, for that matter, very funny.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...a whole lot better than one might've expected.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

my biggest complaint about the film is that it was too soft

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

It's a bold idea, taking mental handicap as a backdrop for a story about a man's growing up, but this film chickens out as soon as it begins. Nothing is real, nothing is at risk.

April 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Knoxville não é um grande ator, mas o filme é suficientemente divertido (ainda que não engraçado) e tem um bom coração.

April 9, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Navel-scratching slobs won't enjoy this any more than navel-gazing snobs once they catch a whiff of its overwhelming timidity.

April 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Hilarious comedy with a superb script and strong comic performances - this is undoubtedly the funniest comedy of the year.

March 23, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Knoxville gives an amazingly risky performance--how many actors would have dared to do this?

February 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

With Knoxville in the lead, it's condescending, unoriginal, and boorish.

January 21, 2006 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Too bad its good intentions only go so far. The compositions are visually flat, and the movie simply isn't very funny

January 4, 2006 Full Review

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 on-screen.

January 4, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Considering all of the jackass things [Knoxville's] done on his way to fame, his presence in The Ringer helps the film challenge the idea of what is normal and what is intellectually disabled.

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A director and cast who all seem to be in on the joke come as close to success as anyone could have with a premise that's finally just ... unfilmable.

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

So blandly predictable, so shamelessly manipulative, so flatly directed and so unfunny that it's impossible for its good intentions to carry the day.

December 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Surprisingly sweet and unexpectedly positive.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Ringer

Comical, but disjointed, The Ringer fails at being an effective comedy that has any real merit. I don't personally think that this film makes fun of disabled people, and I didn't take offence (I have Cerebral Palsy), I simply think that the film given the subject matter could have been much better than what it turned out to be. The film was comical at times, but it lacked anything to really make this comedy stand out. I thought it was nice to see Johnny Knoxville in a comedy other than Jackass, unfortunately, this is not a great comedy, and he is capable of so much better. This film is poorly constructed with tiresome gags that are just not funny. The film had potential in being something better than this, but it failed miserably. This is an awful film with no redeeming qualities, and given a script rewrite, this film could have been good. The jokes don't work most of the time, and though the film has a good intention, it doesn't do anything with the material. The film suffers from its predictability, and therefore by the films end, you really don't care about the characters. This film, like I said could have been good, but with a poor, predictable script, it never succeeds, and it becomes awful by the minute. The Ringer just ends up being a missed opportunity in trying to create a good comedy. The film could have much better than this.
June 3, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Johnny Knoxville playing mentally challenged shouldn't be too much of a stretch for him. What with all the braincells he must have lost during his years in Jackass, he's practically in the special olympics already. Anyways, before this becomes too much of a thesis on Johnny's IQ (or rather to say, lack thereof), let me just mention what I thought of the actual movie. First and foremost, I was surprised in a very positive way in how it deals with the whole concept. Contrary to what you may believe, it doesn't make fun of its special participants, but rather celebrates their great personalities, while giving them a chance to shine on the big screen. Furthermore, it makes a very important statement about how society - out of the worst kind of ignorance - underestimates these individuals and what they're actually capable of. Besides said message, it's also a highly entertaining story with its heart in the right place. I was laughing out loud on more than a few occations - never once feeling the urge to look at the watch. One of my favourite gags is when Johhny (a.k.a. Steve Barker) watch a bunch of movies with his uncle for "research", and between a copy of Rain Man and Forrest Gump, you also see a video marked "Best of Chevy Chase". Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but that sure counts for funny in my book.
September 8, 2011
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Absolutely hilarious. Love Johnny Knoxville, he's a legend!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

    1. Yolie: Yeah, we got that, scuse me, gotta go to the restroom. [rolls eyes]
    – Submitted by Matthew B (16 months ago)
    1. Mark: Do it again and you'll be admiring my butt from the pavement with a straw!
    – Submitted by Andrew S (22 months ago)
    1. Billy: Sratch! You scratched my CD.
    2. Billy: You picked it up in clear daylight and you scratched it.
    3. Steve Barker / Jeffy: Jeffy just admiring CD.
    4. Billy: Hey don't give me tude!
    – Submitted by Andrew S (22 months ago)
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