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The Ring

Horror . Mystery . Thriller

It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until four teenagers all met with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video... and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the Ring.

Actors: Naomi Watts , Martin Henderson , David Dorfman , Brian Cox , Shannon Cochran , Daveigh Chase , Rachael Bella , Jane Alexander , Lindsay Frost , Amber Tamblyn
Directors: Gore Verbinski
Country: USA , JAPAN
Release: 2002-10-18
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  • C.W. Nevius

    So good it's scary.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    The creepiest, clammiest, twitchiest squealfest in months. It offers, among its many pleasures, the happiness of safe fear.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jim Agnew

    Dark, disturbing and original throughout. You know that you’re going to see something a little different than your usual studio crap.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The pickings are slim for scares this Halloween season (Ghost Ship, Below), so The Ring wins first prize by default.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    As a marriage of big-budget filmmaking and old-fashioned scare tactics, it easily ranks alongside last year's "The Others."

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    At last Dreamworks has given us the stuff of nightmare.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.

    Time Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The less said about The Ring, the better for you, the sooner-to-be-freaked-out.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    Ends up a few frames short of the perfect horror film, but very few.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    If your senses haven't been dulled by slasher films and gorefests, if you're a connoisseur of psychological horror, this is your ticket.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The best thing about the movie, which is a very elegantly crafted piece of gothic snuff hokum, is the way it teases and intrigues us with the revelation of what's on that tape.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • William Arnold

    The Ring, is going to be this year's version of the "Blair Witch" and "Sixth Sense" phenomenon.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    A frighteningly good horror movie with enough solid scares to freeze the blood of ardent fans and newcomers alike.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    A deviously engineered parasite that'll crawl under your skin and live in your nervous system for a while if you give it half a chance. Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    It's an understatement to say that The Ring is not your ordinary horror film. And never forget to rewind.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Too many threads are left dangling and the movie ultimately proves too implausible to put alongside those horror classics.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    It's a workmanlike, passably engrossing horror flick that copies well from the Japanese original. When it's good, it's not original, and when it's original, it's not so good.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    What we have here is a suburban-legend movie stripped of rough edges and cut off from any depth that might have made it insidiously haunting.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • David Chute

    In the final reel, the tension dissipates with a flabby hiss, as the film devolves into a banal, conventional ghost story.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie is meant to get into you like a virus, and it does.

    Slate Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The kind of dread dark horror film where you better hope nobody in the audience snickers, because the film teeters right on the edge of the ridiculous.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A stylish but distressingly generic and not particularly scary American remake of a phenomenally popular Japanese supernatural thriller that spawned two sequels and a TV miniseries.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A creepy, oozy, dopey remake of the stylish 1998 Japanese thriller, "Ringu."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The unworthy new Hollywood remake of Japan's horror phenomenon, ''Ring,'' has packed on a definite article and a whole lot of hooey.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Takes things too far by leaving about 75% of its questions unanswered. This isn't an artistic choice; it's screenwriting sloppiness, and it results in a profoundly dissatisfying experience.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Certainly acceptable. But no one seeing it is going to feel as spooked as executive producer Roy Lee. To make an audience feel that intensely, you need a different kind of director and a different kind of film.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Comes across in muted fashion, with uninvolving characters and lack of genuine excitement or fright creating a second-rate, second-hand feel.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Has its creepy moments, but also its cliches.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rick Kisonak

    Watts is extra-watchable and, as I say, the filmmaker does achieve a style and tone the script never comes close to living up to. Otherwise, Verbinski's adaptation of the 1998 Japanese hit "Ringu" misses the mark almost completely.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    While impressively made, this impassive and cold feature fails, in a spectacular fashion, to deliver the thrills.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    I hated it, but I grant that it does tap into a vein of technological horror - the fear of the VCR! - that will have young videophiles chatting it up for weeks

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Requiring an enormous amount of suspended disbelief, the original Rings may be a culture-specific phenom; despite strenuous efforts to Americanize Nakata's field of bad dreams, the preview audience did a lot of cackling.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    It's an utter waste of Watts; there's not a trace here of the talent on display in Mulholland Drive, perhaps because the script doesn't bother to give her a character.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • David Ansen

    This visually stunning movie serves up generous dollops of designer creepiness.

    Newsweek Full Review
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