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The Ringer Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 22, 2005
The developmentally disabled cast members show considerable charm, especially Edward Barbanell as Steve's roommate, Billy. But a lackluster script and charm-free performances by Knoxville and Cox don't do justice to the Special Olympians.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
December 22, 2005
Instead of a raucous comedy with an ultimately positive message, you get a public-relations campaign with a side of slapstick.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 4, 2006
It's just so predictable.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 22, 2005
This isn't the Special Olympics, Johnny. You don't get a medal just for playing.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 22, 2005
The Ringer is caught between a rock and a soft place. The result of being torn between here and there is being stuck nowhere.
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
December 22, 2005
Not offensive, not funny, not worth your money.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
December 22, 2005
One gets the feeling that the filmmakers were sweating bullets just trying to make this picture work on a fundamental level.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
December 22, 2005
An uncomfortable, seat-squirming blend of poking fun at the stereotypes associated with people with mental retardation and wagging a finger at those who do.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 27, 2005
You could make a very funny comedy about a guy who pretends to be retarded so he can win the Special Olympics, but The Ringer isn't it.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 22, 2005
Plays it safe, humanizing the real athletes just enough so as not to be offensive, but going just far enough with the offending material as to be entirely unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
December 24, 2005
What's next in store for the twisted tandem (The Farrelly Brothers)--psychotic Katrina Hurricane victims that like to surf in sewer water?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
April 1, 2006
| Original Score: 1/5
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
December 23, 2005
It wants to be outwardly bawdy, but is the furthest thing from it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 27, 2005
Not extreme enough to skate the edge of tasteless farce and not straight enough to play the material for edgy satire, The Ringer is a cheat right down to the final stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 21, 2005
The bark of The Ringer is far more outrageous than its bite.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 22, 2005
No matter how daring today's comedies think they are, someone has been there before and done it funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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