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The Ringer Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2006
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 6, 2006
The Ringer, for all its glaring flaws, pulls the rug out from under us.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 4, 2006
It's just so predictable.
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Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice
December 28, 2005
An uncomfortable intermingling of message movie and gross-out comedy, a sporadically funny vehicle that indicts its audience for laughing. Come on, guys. You can't have your fun and eat it too.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 27, 2005
The worthwhile bits are few and far between. In the rush to avoid exploiting the athletes, the filmmakers have stuck it to the audience instead. Not funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 27, 2005
Predictable and unconvincing as romantic comedy, the movie is surprisingly sweet and funny whenever Steve is hanging out with his fellow Special Olympics players.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 27, 2005
As in the best Special Olympics events, everyone finds a way to win.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 27, 2005
The movie is ultimately unclassifiable. It can't be dismissed as a cheap gimmick, nor can it be embraced as an earnest tribute.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 27, 2005
Though the movie bears some of the Farrellys' trademark outrageous humor, it has a sweet demeanor and makes a noble statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
December 27, 2005
The movie dilutes its own outrageous setup with sitcom contrivance by introducing a ridiculous love-story subplot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 27, 2005
No one will accuse The Ringer of being tasteful, but when you're not laughing, you may find yourself genuinely touched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 27, 2005
If The Ringer doesn't strike comedy gold, it at least manages to score enough points to bring home the bronze.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 27, 2005
The Ringer misses endless opportunities to have real fun or make points with the situation.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Susman
Entertainment Weekly
December 27, 2005
Knoxville's willingness to go to any length to humiliate himself for a laugh actually serves his guilt-ridden character, but the movie's real stars are the Special Olympians, who aren't trying to be inspirational or even likable, just funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
December 27, 2005
A paint-by-numbers romantic comedy most notable for its determined inoffensiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
December 27, 2005
In striving to be fair beyond reproach, this movie misses many chances to be funnier. Good comedy doesn't make that choice, and great comedy doesn't have to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Nathan Lee
New York Times
December 22, 2005
A hilarious and resourceful cast of intellectually challenged actors smartens up an otherwise brain-dead comedy produced by the Farrelly brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2005
The Ringer could have been a better movie, but that would have depended more on the screenplay than the cast, which is effective and generates real affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 22, 2005
Though The Ringer is hardly the Farrellys' best, you'll probably be smiling, too.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 22, 2005
The Ringer is a much sweeter comedy than its pedigree suggests. In fact, it's almost the opposite of what we expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 22, 2005
There's something about a movie deft enough to have fun with mental disability, yet still get a stamp of approval from the Special Olympics.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 22, 2005
In all its lobbying for our laughter, The Ringer feels too lawyered-up and politically positioned to trigger much laughter at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 21, 2005
The bark of The Ringer is far more outrageous than its bite.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 21, 2005
This wannabe daring comedy about a man who attempts to 'fix' the Special Olympics strains for that patented naughty and nice balance with squirmingly squishy results.