Moria says, "There is a good and original idea at the heart of Ring... However, the idea disappointingly tails off into a routine paranormal murder mystery." 1000 Misspent Hours praises it. Stomp Tokyo says,
Ringu is a stylish movie that exists to build tension. It starts with the great hook of a videotape that can kill you.... Ringu has a palpably frightening presence that is practically unknown in Hollywood flicks. Frankly, it's the creepiest film we've seen since Audition, which shares Ringu's dimly lit, surrealistic visual language.It has a score of 97% at Rotten Tomatoes.