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The Ring (2002)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 180
Fresh: 128 | Rotten: 52

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: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 17

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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It's a treasure hunt reduced to isolated jolts and more clues than you can shake a stick at (every fly on the wall and child's drawing bristles with unholy significance), and an utter waste of Watts.

May 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A stylish Hollywood remake of the Japanese horror sensation that unfortunately has little personality of its own.

January 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Elegantly shot by Bojan Bazelli and designed by Tom Duffield, with a chilling Hans Zimmer score, this visually stunning movie serves up generous dollops of designer creepiness.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Not everything it might have been, then, but decent enough to have you tracking down the original.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I found The Ring moderately absorbing, largely for its elegantly colorful look and sound.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The boo! factor is waaaay up there -- a nine on a scale of 10. But the makes-sense factor is something like a three, at best.

October 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Comment (1)
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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

For a remake and a modern Hollywood horror, it's pretty good.

May 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

This movie is very, very scary.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The movie is a dog from start to finish, with enough genre inconsistencies and plot holes to make it a textbook example of borrowing from too many divergent horror films to get anything right.

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)

In many ways vastly superior to the original.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The American version retains much of the original but does little to justify its existence beyond the commercial considerations of relocating the setting to Seattle and filling the screen with Caucasian faces.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

The creepy exploration of the unknown and unexplainable is far more frightening than the violent killings that typify most horror films.

January 2, 2009 Full Review Source:

What if you watch the tape twice, do you get three and a half days then? If you fast forward through it do you get fourteen? How about pausing it to go to the bathroom? Or only watching half, getting bored and turning it off?

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comment (1)
Big Picture Big Sound

As a concept, it's flawed. As a remake, it's good. As modern horror, it's a firecracker.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Seat-moistening ... shot-by-shot faithful to the original film in many instances, yet fully capable of conjuring up molar-grinding moments of its own invention.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Portland Mercury

Based on a 1998 Japanese box-office smash, this electric shocker runs rings around its recent competition.

February 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

There were two points where I thought it was over, and both would have made for better endings than eventual finale.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comments (2)
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Just in time for Halloween comes Gore Verbinski's chilling-to-the-bone suspense ride... guaranteed to have you biting your nails long after the film is done.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
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sets an atmosphere of creepiness that doesn't let up

September 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
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While The Ring is not horror-flick greatness, it's a good shot of gothic creepiness with enough unsettling scares that will keep you awake at night.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

It has the courtesy to tie up everything with a nice little bow, plus the nifty special effects climax of [the] serious wallop at the end. . .

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
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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
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 (14 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 (14 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 (14 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 (14 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 (14 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 (14 months ago)
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