The Ringer Reviews

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January 14, 2006
January 14, 2006
January 6, 2006
The Ringer, for all its glaring flaws, pulls the rug out from under us.
January 4, 2006
It's just so predictable.
January 4, 2006
Too bad its good intentions only go so far. The compositions are visually flat, and the movie simply isn't very funny
January 4, 2006
These guys are laugh-out-loud funny, not because they're being belittled, but because they're finally getting a chance to show a sense of humor on-screen.
January 3, 2006
Considering all of the jackass things [Knoxville's] done on his way to fame, his presence in The Ringer helps the film challenge the idea of what is normal and what is intellectually disabled.
January 3, 2006
A director and cast who all seem to be in on the joke come as close to success as anyone could have with a premise that's finally just ... unfilmable.
December 30, 2005
The Ringer plays like the low points in a Farrelly brothers movie; like them, when it gets sincere, it gets messagey and sappy.
December 28, 2005
So blandly predictable, so shamelessly manipulative, so flatly directed and so unfunny that it's impossible for its good intentions to carry the day.
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.
December 27, 2005
Surprisingly sweet and unexpectedly positive.
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.
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.
December 27, 2005
As in the best Special Olympics events, everyone finds a way to win.
December 27, 2005
An unexpectedly endearing comedy.
December 27, 2005
The Ringer is appalling.
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.
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.
December 27, 2005
Though the movie bears some of the Farrellys' trademark outrageous humor, it has a sweet demeanor and makes a noble statement.
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