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The Ring Two (2005)



Critic Consensus: Ring Two serves up horror cliches, and not even Hideo Nakata, the director of the movies from which this one is based, can save the movie from a dull screenplay full of absurdities.

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A terrifying legacy haunts a single mother in this sequel to the frightening box-office hit The Ring. Hoping to leave their terrifying experiences in Seattle behind them, Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her son, Aidan (David Dorfman), move to the small town of Astoria, OR, where Rachel takes a job writing for the local newspaper. When Rachel learns of an unexplained murder, which occurred after a teenager watched a strange videotape with his girlfriend, she suspects her past is following her and she begins looking into the case. Rachel believes that the otherworldly Samara has come back; however, as she tries to convince others of the young girl's powers, her own son falls ill and is hospitalized, and Rachel's stories fail to convince either Dr. Emma Temple (Elizabeth Perkins), who suspects Rachel is guilty of child abuse, or David Rourke (Simon Baker), one of Rachel's colleagues who fears for Aidan's safety. Also starring Sissy Spacek, The Ring 2 was directed by Hideo Nakata; it was the first English-language project for the Japanese filmmaker, who previously made Ringu, the picture that was the basis for The Ring.

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Naomi Watts
as Rachel Keller
Simon Baker
as Max Rourke
David Dorfman
as Aidan Keller
Elizabeth Perkins
as Dr. Emma Temple
Gary Cole
as Martin Savide
Kelly Stables
as Evil Samara
Cooper Thornton
as Father of Emily
Marilyn McIntyre
as Mother of Emily
Jesse Burch
as Male Reporter
Michael Chieffo
as Printing Staff
Steven Petrarca
as Young Detective
Michael Dempsey
as Desk Sergeant
Jeffrey Hutchinson
as Coroner Attendant
Chane't Johnson
as Adoption Counselor
Mary Joy
as Sister Elizabeth
Teri Bibb
as Head Nurse
Jill Farley
as Second Nurse
Aleksa Palladino
as Young Nurse
Victor McCay
as Desk Man
Brendan Quinlan
as Rental Car Owner
Brendan Tomlinson
as Father of Jake
Phyllis Lyons
as Mother of Jake
Amy Haffner
as Young Sister Elizabeth
Ted Detwiler
as Cop No. 1
Stephen Holland
as Cop No. 2
Omer Stephens III
as Game Attendant
Jonathan Coburn
as Marble Man
Caitlin Mavromates
as Baby Samara
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Critic Reviews for The Ring Two

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (40)

May not be a masterpiece, but it has its share of thoughtful little angles.

April 9, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is like an exercise in cinema mechanics: Images, music, photography and mood conspire to create a sense of danger, even though at any given moment we cannot possibly explain the rules under which that danger might manifest itself.

April 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A perplexing compound of the silly and the glum.

April 9, 2005
New Yorker
Top Critic

Too many loose ends.

March 24, 2005 | Full Review…
New York Observer
Top Critic

The let's-travel-through-the-TV-screen sequence was better in Fat Albert.

March 22, 2005 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

I thought the original had a nice evil chill to it, but this is an unnecessary second chapter that dumbs down all the main characters and is curiously lacking in quality scares.

March 21, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Ring Two

Sequel to the superior remake of the Japanese horror flick Ringu (titled The Ring) in North America, this sequel is a painful, unimpressive mess of a horror film. The film was poorly constructed and had no memorable, memorable terrifying jolts that made the first film one of the best remakes in the genre. The Ring Two is a poorly made sequel with a poor plot, bad acting, bad directing and pretty much everything that makes a bad film, bad. The Ring Two was dull, unimpressive garbage that just didn't deliver what the first did, genuine chills. As a horror film, The Ring Two simply doesn't deliver. The script has limitations that prevents the plot to really take off. The acting is terrible with no real performance that stands out. The Ring II was created purely for cashing in on the success of the first, with no apparent thought of trying to create an effective horror film. The end result is a film that fails to tell an effective ghost story, and it ends up being a total mess. As a sequel, The Ring tries to duplicate what the first one did, however the film has nothing interesting to appeal to horror fans. I didn't like the film, and I thought it was an awful film. The Ring Two is yet another sequel that fails to deliver what the first one did, good entertainment. The Ring Two joins many other boring sequels that have failed to deliver the thrills and excitement of the original. As a horror film, this one fails. The plot, directing and acting all are bad; and you'd best avoid this on if you don't want to be disappointed.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Not bad in the way it was made, just bad because you get a been-there-done-that feeling.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


The Ring Two is almost unbearable to watch, it sucked. The storyline was very dull and boring. The cast was exaxtly the same as last time, no big difference. The horrors are cheap redone scares of the first one, nothing new. This movie bored me, and was really stupid.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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