Deryk Rumbold’s review published on Letterboxd:
Yesterday I was watching an interview with Hideaki Anno was doing with a group of schoolkids. One kid asked if he liked his work he had done, he had replied, "I like some, I hate others I hate the parts where I see myself." Ritual is another entry in his filmography where he once again is ultra critical of his identity as any self revealing flaws are on full display. There is not a lot of directors as honest as Anno so it makes films like these so hard to watch. Because we aren't allowed to escape the pain that follows us and reflected in film. Anno forces us to reconcile with our pain.