The Ring (2002)



Critic Consensus: With little gore and a lot of creepy visuals, The Ring gets under your skin, thanks to director Gore Verbinski's haunting sense of atmosphere and an impassioned performance from Naomi Watts.

Movie Info

A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of teenagers who watched the tape while spending a weekend at a cabin in the mountains scoff at the threat, but as predicted, they all … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuki
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
Box Office: $128.6M
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Critic Reviews for The Ring

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (47)

Gore Verbinski creates an air of dread that begins with the first scene and never lets up, subtly incorporating elements from the current wave of Japanese horror films along the way.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
AV Club
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The filmmakers have wisely stayed close to the original's mood, which is somber and flat, with quick (near-subliminal) inserts and a soundtrack full of watery-grave groans and murmurs.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
Top Critic

An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The Ring, about a videotape that kills people, is so full of inconsistencies and plot holes that I stumbled from a recent screening with few answers, and a ton of questions.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
Associated Press
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Watching The Ring won't kill you, but it could bore you half to death.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
Wall Street Journal
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I hated it, but I grant that it does tap into a vein of technological horror -- the fear of the VCR! -- that will have young videophiles chatting it up for weeks.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Ring


Naomi Watts makes a good performance, but overall this movie is very disappointing. The story is rather predictable other than the plot twist at the end, but the direction of the movie makes the surprise all the less surprising. From the beginning when the two young girls are teasing each other about the urban legend about the tape, you're given the clue the director is going to tease you by presenting suspense only to turn around and say everything is just a joke. The buildup is somewhat entertaining but the conclusion is quite rushed and leaves you with an empty feeling.

The relationship between the characters is almost nonexistant, you're given no indication of any connection between Rachel and her son other than she's his mother. Most of the interaction occurs between Rachel and Noah, but even that relationship is distant and uninteresting. I found the Japanese version to be much more scary and enjoyable. 2 1/2 Stars for the USA version. Updated 2-16-2004

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

An urban legend says that seven days after watching a mysterious videotape, you will die; a journalist investigating the phenomenon has a week to figure out the secret behind the tape. Well-made, satisfying horror-thriller about viral vengeance from beyond the grave.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

There's plenty of supporting thriller, narrative and character to make this relatively understated film really creep up on you and linger in the mind, unpredictable, seriously tense and seriously frightening, though without quite reaching a layer of thematic depth to qualify a place in the hall of horror greats.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

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