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At Theaters: 10/18/2002 On Video: 3/4/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409963
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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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.
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Suspense Thriller - This movie is more of an investigative drama than a scary movie. The main characters try to discover the origin of the video tape they watched before their seven days is up and they die. In the last thirty minutes or so it changes to more of a scary movie and is sufficiently creepy and a little scary. It's certainly not predictable so it keeps your interest.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Naomi Watts MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Martin Henderson WINDTALKERS
David Dorfman PANIC, BOUNCE
Brian Cox THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE ROOKIE, SUPER TROOPERS
Director: Gore Verbinski THE MEXICAN, MOUSE HUNT
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 GD's, 8 S-words. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: There is virtually no violence shown. It's all off screen.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: One scene of a horse gone wild on a boat.
COMEDY: None
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "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.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "...while I normally appreciate open-ended motion pictures, The Ring 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "Rarely has a more serious effort produced a less serious result than in The Ring, 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.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "At times, the suspense is palpable, but by the end there's a sense that the crux of the mystery hinges on a technicality that strains credulity and leaves the viewer haunted by the waste of potential.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 73 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
13
Very High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
16
High
81%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
14
Fairly High
71%
30+Adults (F)
16
High
81%
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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 (Naomi Watts) 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 must enlist the aid of her friend Noah (Martin Henderson) to save her life and the life of her son (David Dorfman). Together, they have just seven days to unravel the mystery of "The Ring."
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