The Ringer Reviews

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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
The movie dilutes its own outrageous setup with sitcom contrivance by introducing a ridiculous love-story subplot.
December 27, 2005
The Ringer is too safe, too scaredy-cat to rile up paying customers.
December 27, 2005
The Ringer misses endless opportunities to have real fun or make points with the situation.
December 27, 2005
A paint-by-numbers romantic comedy most notable for its determined inoffensiveness.
December 27, 2005
The Ringer manages to avoid offending anyone -- the handicapped athletes are a savvy bunch -- but it also fails to provide any semblance of intelligence or wit.
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.
December 27, 2005
The problem isn't that it's tasteless--because it's not--but that it's flaccidly paced, overly predictable and burdened with Knoxville's stiff, charmless performance.
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.
December 27, 2005
"The Ringer" wants to be all things to comedy audiences. It actually pulls this off about half the time.
December 26, 2005
Nobody gets hurt, it doesn't make sense, and no one has any real fun either.
December 26, 2005
Do yourself a favor and rent a very campy Radio instead.
December 26, 2005
More offensive than the poor humor and bad acting...is the cheap arm-twisting created by making this film serve double duty as a promotional piece [for the Special Olympics].
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?
December 24, 2005
a marshmallow script that takes no risks with the material
December 23, 2005
It wants to be outwardly bawdy, but is the furthest thing from it.
December 23, 2005
You'd think Johnny Knoxville had just about scraped the bottom of his barrel by now.
December 22, 2005
If Saw 2 became blockbuster with the tagline "Oh yes, there will be blood," The Ringer should use the warmer and fuzzier promise, "Oh yes, there will be hugs."
December 22, 2005
No matter how daring today's comedies think they are, someone has been there before and done it funnier.
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