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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's getting harder to sustain a rooting interest in the career of Johnny Knoxville. show more

  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie's shockingly tasteless setup is also its secret weapon. Despite many scenes in The Ringer that could individually be viewed as politically incorrect, audiences will be laughing with the athletes most of the time. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Knoxville is functional only when the movie needs a bravura comic performance, but The Ringer is easy enough to take. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    No one will accuse The Ringer of being tasteful, but when you're not laughing, you may find yourself genuinely touched. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    This wannabe daring comedy about a man who attempts to "fix" the Special Olympics strains for that patented naughty and nice balance with squirmingly squishy results. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie surprised me. It treats its disabled characters with affection and respect, it has a plot that uses the Special Olympics instead of misusing them, and it's actually kind of sweet. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    It's the supporting characters' combination of smarts and sass, not to mention an honest and positive depiction of the mentally challenged, that turns this potentially crude and heartless comedy into something that the Special Olympics actually endorses. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Ringer is a movie whose good intentions shine a lot brighter than its art. show more

  • 38
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    Instead of watching a professional actor pretending to be intellectually disabled, we're watching a jackass pretending to be a dimwit pretending to be intellectually disabled. show more

  • 38
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    Come on. You want to know if it's funny. And the answer is: kind of. show more

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