Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Some scares in otherwise dull, unnecessary horror sequel.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 117 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Against considerable odds, characters attempt to undo horrible wrongs committed in the past. But the "the horror isn't over/more sequels coming" ending more or less nullifies any work accomplished.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Julia sacrifices her life to save her boyfriend's life, even if it only involves watching a 2-minute video.


Scary stuff; dead bodies with horrifying faces. Brief images of a woman held prisoner; images (also used in earlier movies) of a girl being pushed down a well. Ghost murders people. Man attacks a woman, swinging weapons at her and trying to kill her. Men fight; hitting with shovel. Man falls down stairs. Strangling. Man electrocuted in his car. Brief, disturbing images on Ring video (squirmy bugs, emaciated baby, etc.). Bloody noses. Hand punctured on a nail, with blood. Bruises and "marks" on skin. Coughing up wet, stringy hair.


A teen couple lies in bed together, clearly comfortable with each other and wearing only underwear. Kissing. Flirting over Skype. Brief sex talk.


At least one use of "s--t," as well as "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "God," and "Jesus."


Skype mentioned and shown, iPhones and Apple computers used. Brief Netflix logo on a remote control.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Sips of wine, whiskey drinking. Brief pot smoking (by an adult).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rings is a sequel to the horror movies The Ring (2002) and The Ring Two (2005), which, in turn, were based on a series of Japanese novels and movies. As in the other stories, the characters in this movie watch a short video and then get a death sentence. There's a lot of scary stuff, including some supernatural elements (ghosts, etc.), killing/dead bodies, jump scares, disturbing images, a bit of blood (mostly bloody noses and a hand injury), fighting, swinging blunt instruments, and falling down stairs. The college-age main characters are shown lying in bed together in their underwear, kissing. There's also some flirting and brief sex talk, as well as at least one use of "s--t." An adult character drinks a little wine and whiskey and is shown smoking pot. Only die-hard fans should bother.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRarityfan2019 March 6, 2020

Ring ring yo!

2017 version of the smash hit The Ring from 2002 when VHS was a dying format, and VHS made a comeback among nostalgia purists on Youtube and social media like F... Continue reading
Adult Written byA crictical parent October 6, 2019

Pretty good, and scary movie!

Very scary movie, it’s the 3rd movie of “The Ring” franchise.
It’s good for teens, not for kids though, there is one scene where some teens only in underwear an... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byharryrj2002 February 16, 2017
Teen, 17 years old Written byteddytheshetlandpony October 5, 2020

Not real interesting, shouldn't of bothered of making another sequel

This is the third movie created in "The Ring" franchise. I loved the creepy first movie and was 'meh' about the second, but they went a bit... Continue reading

What's the story?

In RINGS, the cycle of the mysterious video and subsequent deaths continues. After a plane crash kills the latest victim, a professor (Johnny Galecki), visits an estate sale and buys an old VCR. Inside he finds the death-causing tape and watches it; he then receives the inevitable phone call that he'll die in seven days. He saves his own life by "passing on" the curse to others, including clean-cut college student Holt (Alex Roe) and his girlfriend, Julia (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz). With the curse resting on Julia, she and Holt begin investigating, using the images she sees in the deadly video. They're led to a dying small town and the home of a blind man (Vincent D'Onofrio) who may know more than he lets on.

Is it any good?

This lethargic, sadly unnecessary horror sequel attempts more of the same mythology but quickly proves to be utterly boring, with dull characters, no genuine scares, and nothing to say. Following the American films The Ring (2002) and The Ring Two (2005) and based on the original series of Japanese novels (by Koji Suzuki) and movies, Rings adds nothing to the franchise's mythology, with the possible exception of updating the old VHS tape to new, digital files that can be played on phones and desktops.

The characters' attempt to solve the mystery only begs the question: Didn't they already take care of this in the last couple of movies? And being stuck with the two main characters doesn't help; they're arguably the dullest couple ever to grace a horror movie. Director F. Javier Gutierrez goes for only jump-scares -- including the sudden opening of an umbrella! -- but they're so glumly routine that it's impossible not to guess when they're coming. In the end, this Rings is less "lord" and more "bored."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Rings' violence. How much is shown, and how much is implied? Would the movie have been scarier or less scary with more gore? Why or why not? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is the movie scary? What's the appeal of scary movies?

  • How does this movie compare to the previous entries in the Ring movie series? Why do you think it took so long for the next one to get made?

  • If this happened to you, would you choose to "pass on" the curse to someone else, or would you try to find another solution? Why?

  • What do these movies have to say about the way we share media with each other?

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