The Ringer Reviews

Page 1 of 2
September 7, 2011
November 24, 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.
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
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
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.
December 27, 2005
The movie dilutes its own outrageous setup with sitcom contrivance by introducing a ridiculous love-story subplot.
December 27, 2005
No one will accuse The Ringer of being tasteful, but when you're not laughing, you may find yourself genuinely touched.
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
The Ringer misses endless opportunities to have real fun or make points with the situation.
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 27, 2005
A paint-by-numbers romantic comedy most notable for its determined inoffensiveness.
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 22, 2005
No matter how daring today's comedies think they are, someone has been there before and done it funnier.
December 22, 2005
A hilarious and resourceful cast of intellectually challenged actors smartens up an otherwise brain-dead comedy produced by the Farrelly brothers.
Page 1 of 2