The Ring Two

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Scarier than the first, but not as interesting.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 37 reviews

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

Positive Messages

No positive messages here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong female lead character.

Violence

Very spooky, constant peril, several characters die, child's behavior changes dramatically, attempted infanticide, images of suicide.

Sex

A couple kisses on the couch.

Language

Some profanity, including one use of the F word.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Use of sedatives.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Ring Two is extremely scary, and there's near-constant peril for all the major characters. Younger and horror-adverse audiences will be frightened by many scenes and images, including the attempted murder of young children and the suicides of parents. There are deer attacks, attempted drownings, chase scenes, a spooky basement, and the non-explicit but horrific off-screen deaths of characters. There is a very graphic "suicide" and references to madness. A character swears in a very memorable and scary scene.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLilea rermeg October 9, 2020

Good but not great

It wasn’t inappropriate or sexual but just really wasn’t that interesting.
Adult Written byjulianna92 October 2, 2019

Pointless and tedious sequel

This is one of those films that shouldn't have been made because it adds nothing of value to the lore. The plot is absurd and preposterous: besides her mur... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMaddysynCreole April 3, 2021

A romance for the ages

When people think of a romcom, they probably think of "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" or "Always be my maybe". For me, I'll al... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 20, 2021

Amazing Movie Scarier Than The First Though

This movie was by far the best horror movie ever!!! It was very scary and even more scarier than the first one. I don't recall any bad things like language... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE RING TWO, single-mom and journalist Rachel (Naomi Watts) has packed up son, Aidan (David Dorfman), and the city apartment in favor of a new start away from the killer-video-tapes of Seattle. No sooner can Rachel say "we are safe now," then she hears about a local teen who has died from terror in front of his television. Rachel destroys the new tape only to find that deadly little tape-ghost, Samara, has designs on taking over Aidan. The chase is on: Rachel must find out how to get Samara out of their lives for good, seeking help from the young ghost's biological mother (Sissy Spacek). Realizing she will have to take care of business herself, Rachel dives into a series of watery endings that come together in a muddy puddle, ultimately demonstrating that maternal love wins over evil. Or something to that effect.

Is it any good?

In addition to the many visual and character references to The Ring, those who have seen the original will notice that the sequel, while scarier, lacks the first's novelty and many of its strengths. Here, Samara is free from the rules of the first movie. She pops out of the video and into their lives without the requisite seven-day waiting period and shows no intention of leaving.

Director Hideo Nakata, who was the mastermind behind the Ring's inspiration (Japanese blockbuster Ringu and its sequel), excels at atmospherics but is lazy with plot. While spookier than the first, the bare bones of The Ring Two read like a rehashed Lifetime channel drama. If you're willing to jump over the plot's many weak bits, then this psychological thriller is a good-looking spook-fest and a should-see for fans of the original. For those looking for a tight, tense stand-alone horror movie, they might want to peek into another dark corner.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Ring Two and the consequences of our actions. At the end of The Ring, Rachel made a choice, and this sequel represents the outcome of her choice. What else could she have done?

  • What are the teenagers in the beginning of the movie choosing to do in a similar situation? What would you do differently?

  • How does this movie compare to the original? How does it compare to other horror movies?

Movie details

  • In theaters: March 18, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: August 23, 2005
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, Sissy Spacek
  • Director: Hideo Nakata
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence/terror, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language
  • Last updated: September 21, 2019

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