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Parents' Guide to

The Ring Two

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Scarier than the first, but not as interesting.

Movie PG-13 2005 107 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+

Good but not great

It wasn’t inappropriate or sexual but just really wasn’t that interesting.

This title has:

Great role models
age 13+

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 murderous videotape, Samara has also been running a possession side-business because she wants “mommy”? Without giving too much away: Samara’s mother shows up but everything about her in this film doesn’t make any sense nor it’s fully explained why she’s even there. The film tries to upgrade it’s horror elements with possessions and showing more of Samara but it’s bland. There is some violence (deer attacks, a doctor sticks a large needle into her neck, attempting drowning, murder, etc) and strong language. However, there is no sexual content nor substance usage.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (28 ):

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.

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: June 19, 2023

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