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The Ring (2002)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 201
Fresh: 144 | Rotten: 57

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.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 20

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.



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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


Drama, Horror, Romance, Mystery & Suspense

Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuki

Mar 4, 2003


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All Critics (201) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (144) | Rotten (57) | DVD (42)

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.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: 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.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate
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An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

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

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: 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.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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One of the most intelligent and genuinely scary ghost stories to come around in a long time.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The Ring doesn't have the wiliness or conviction to exploit either a single mother's guilt over child neglect or our collective queasiness over potential bad seeds. It merely alternates these themes and toys with them.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The Ring, an elegantly creepy film set in a perpetual Seattle rainstorm, is interested more in eerie, unnerving thrills than bloodletting.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

The slow pace gives us too much time to think about the story's lapses in logic. And Verbinski's style is so conventional that the various scare devices and horror images he throws on the screen feel oddly more comforting than frightening.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

Though more expensive and less atmospheric than the Japanese picture, the film isn't at all bad.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A chilling idea, finely executed, in a rare remake success. See it if you dare -- but we wouldn't recommend you go alone.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Verbinski makes a couple of inventive additions, and although the spine-chilling terror of the superior 1997 original is muted by the overuse of CGI, this is still a worthy substitute if you're not in the mood for subtitles.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The Ring is easily the most terrifying movie to come out of Hollywood in years.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

Light years ahead of the half-cocked horror coming out of Hollywood, the mounting dread provides the requisite amount of chair-jolting shocks.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Oh boy, this one is creepy. Creepy like a single, leaden knock on your front door when you're home all alone and it's 2:30 in the morning and it's October, and you're not expecting anyone and then the doorknob turns. Creepy like that.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Director Gore Verbinski maintains a consistently unsettling mood and look to the film, even if the story often falls by the wayside.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

A well-made remake that adds quite a bit to the original story. Alas, The Ring also feels dated and dull.

April 1, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

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
November 15, 2013
Bruce Bruce

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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.
November 2, 2012
Greg S

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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.
October 28, 2012
Louis Rogers

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March 19, 2012

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    1. Dr. Grasnik: It means ever since that girl's been gone, things have been better.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Samara: [singing by the well] : Here we go, the world is spinning. When it stops, it's just beginning. Sun comes up, we all laugh. Sun goes down, we all die...
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Becca: You start to play it and it's like somebody's nightmare. And then this woman comes on, smiling at you, right? Seeing you... through the screen. Then when it's over, your phone rings, someone knows you watched the tape... and what they say is, "You will die in seven days".
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Noah: I can't imagine being stuck down a well all alone like that. How long could you survive?
    2. Rachel Keller: Seven days.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Librarian: You know, I'm not an idiot. You try and walk out of here with my file, and I'll be on you like white on rice, you understand?
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Ruth: I spent four hours on the internet and I couldn't find one single case of a 16-year-old girl's heart just stopping. I spoke to three different doctors and not one of them could tell me exactly what happened to my daughter.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
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