The Ringer Reviews

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December 27, 2005
If The Ringer doesn't strike comedy gold, it at least manages to score enough points to bring home the bronze.
December 27, 2005
It turns out challenged folks are just as tired of being perceived as noble innocents as they are of being looked down on as lessers. Here, they get to be as funny as anyone else.
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.
December 24, 2005
When The Ringer was over, my world hadn't changed, but there was a smile that remained on my face.
December 23, 2005
...skillfully handles its sensitive subject by turning the tables on its characters.
December 23, 2005
The real appeal of The Ringer is how this scrappy bunch rallies together like the nerds in Revenge of the Nerds.
December 22, 2005
It's a sweet film that has an 'after school special' feel to it...makes one pine for the days of Dumb & Dumber and Kingpin. Jed Rees steals the film, he's great.
December 22, 2005
The Ringer has a goodhearted base and an underlying theme about the importance of reaching for dreams -- and the Special Olympics has even endorsed the movie for its positive portrayal of the mentally challenged.
December 22, 2005
The positive light that bathes ["The Ringer"] make it a likable little ditty that will entertain all and offend very few, indeed.
December 22, 2005
A hilarious and resourceful cast of intellectually challenged actors smartens up an otherwise brain-dead comedy produced by the Farrelly brothers.
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.
December 22, 2005
Call it small, yes, but it's a special comedy.
December 22, 2005
Though The Ringer is hardly the Farrellys' best, you'll probably be smiling, too.
December 22, 2005
A warm, pleasant quality is what distinguishes The Ringer.
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.
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.
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