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The Ringer Reviews

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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+
December 22, 2005
Instead of a raucous comedy with an ultimately positive message, you get a public-relations campaign with a side of slapstick.
January 4, 2006
It's just so predictable.
December 22, 2005
This isn't the Special Olympics, Johnny. You don't get a medal just for playing.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
December 22, 2005
Not offensive, not funny, not worth your money.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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+
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: C-
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
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
April 1, 2006
| Original Score: 1/5
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2005
It wants to be outwardly bawdy, but is the furthest thing from it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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-
May 25, 2006
my biggest complaint about the film is that it was too soft
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 21, 2005
The bark of The Ringer is far more outrageous than its bite.
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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