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The Ringer Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Hits all the right notes in comedy, light down to Earth drama, and a resulting tasteful comedy that's worth watching.
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A good-natured comedy that isn't particularly interesting or, for that matter, very funny.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 27, 2006
...a whole lot better than one might've expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 25, 2006
my biggest complaint about the film is that it was too soft
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 22, 2006
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.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 9, 2006
Knoxville não é um grande ator, mas o filme é suficientemente divertido (ainda que não engraçado) e tem um bom coração.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 4, 2006
Navel-scratching slobs won't enjoy this any more than navel-gazing snobs once they catch a whiff of its overwhelming timidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 23, 2006
Hilarious comedy with a superb script and strong comic performances - this is undoubtedly the funniest comedy of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 23, 2006
Knoxville gives an amazingly risky performance--how many actors would have dared to do this?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
January 21, 2006
With Knoxville in the lead, it's condescending, unoriginal, and boorish.
Full Review| Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 6, 2006
The Ringer, for all its glaring flaws, pulls the rug out from under us.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 4, 2006
It's just so predictable.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 4, 2006
Too bad its good intentions only go so far. The compositions are visually flat, and the movie simply isn't very funny
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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 4, 2006
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.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
January 3, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
January 3, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 28, 2005
So blandly predictable, so shamelessly manipulative, so flatly directed and so unfunny that it's impossible for its good intentions to carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice
December 28, 2005
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.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 27, 2005
Surprisingly sweet and unexpectedly positive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 27, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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