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The Grudge (2004)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 96

There's some creepy imagery to be found, but not much in the way of logic or truly jarring scares.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 25

There's some creepy imagery to be found, but not much in the way of logic or truly jarring scares.



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Movie Info

Karen is an exchange student studying social work in Japan who innocently agrees to cover for a nurse who didn't show up for work. When she enters the assigned home, she discovers an elderly American woman, Emma, who is lost in a catatonic state while the rest of the house appears deserted and disheveled. As she is tending to the stricken old woman, Karen hears scratching sounds from upstairs. When she investigates, she is faced with a supernatural horror more frightening than she could ever


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense


Stephen Susco

Feb 1, 2005


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All Critics (169) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (96) | DVD (36)

Generally speaking, I like a little more plot with my 'Boo!' moments.

November 6, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (5)
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It's no more impressive than hiding in the dark and shouting 'Boo!' when someone walks into a room.

October 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's just not the kind of frightening that stays with you very long, unless of course someone decides to make the same movie . . . yet again.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's enough to send you home with jiggly knees and a tummy ache.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Almost every single one of the American characters has maybe a third of the personality of the ghosts that haunt them, so you begin to think the grudge itself is less a curse than a perfectly reasonable eviction strategy.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's refreshing to see a PG-13 horror film that aims for good old-fashioned spookiness.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Completely misses the point of the original.

April 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Grisly ghost story lacks plot; not for tweens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

[Blu Ray] Only the hi-def obsessed should double-dip for this one, DVD owners can still sit pretty.

June 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Dread Central

...just cannibalizes itself, exploiting Japanese spirituality for a few Saturday-night shocks...

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

As a pure, light, PG-13 thrill machine, The Grudge is fairly successful. But it is not especially memorable.

September 25, 2006 | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

Eschewing plot and a linear timeline for a stylish exercise in mood, Shimizu sets the scenes with long silences and chilling images.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Creepy movie about ghosts with an unfair advantage.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The intent of Shimizu's US-produced feature debut is quite clear: do for Japan what Jaws did for swimming.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

The Grudge is a decent horror diversion: barely a classic, but still pretty atmospheric and suspenseful in its own right.

February 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

La casa donde el mismo director entra por tercera vez, por vez primera...

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

...Suspenseful even without much character development.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Shimizu deveria ao menos corrigir os furos mais grotescos da trama - principalmente se considerarmos que vem trabalhando com o mesmo material hß quase cinco anos.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Most of my child-like fear can be traced to one scene where a serious scare happens in someone's bed.

January 3, 2005 Full Review | Comment (1)
Broomfield Enterprise

Audiences seeking thought-provoking plots and unpredictable endings should take this movie with a grain of salt.

November 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine

Little more than a journey to the end credits.

November 7, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

To add to the tedium, the ever-bland Bill Pullman, who exits rather early, returns via flashbacks to mope around and be generally unimpressive--which best describes this movie as a whole.

November 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Director Shimizu, as he did with Ju-on, simply inserts something scary into every scene.

November 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

there is a sleek, intoxicating artistry to Shimizu's film that makes you forget about things like cause and effect and character motivation

November 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for The Grudge

A haunted house exists. You go in it, you die. That's the premise of The Grudge. Now watch all the characters who went inside get killed in between long passages of pointless dialogue and nothing happening. If the image of a long haired girl in a nightgown creeps you out, this may work on you. I was just bored.
January 25, 2014

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"The Grudge" is a creep-fest that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's not that the movie is complex, the opposite is true. It just takes a pedestrian ghost story involving vengeance and anger and surrounds it with jolts and more jolts.

Takashi Shimizu doesn't seem concerned with originality or substance as long as he can make creepy ghosts jarringly jump out at characters. While this is scary at times after a while you just stop caring.

Sarah Michelle Gellar does the best she can with a thin role that requires her to just skulk around, look scared and ask questions. And when the answers come they prove to be unsurprisingly and unoriginal.

"The Grudge" is forgettable and mindless.
December 29, 2012
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Tony GandÝa

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A terrifying concept executed poorly. Only brings a few scares, but due to the lack of story nothing leaves a lasting impact. The flashbacks are annoying as fuck. It's a tough film to get involved with and the ending blows.
August 19, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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The rule of thumb for watching any Japanese horror film that is remade in Hollywood is to go for the original, subtitles be damned. The one exception is The Ring.

The Grudge remake, made by the exact same director of the original, is a series of confusing, disconnected creepy scenes until the end where you kinda-sorta get an explanation. No plot. Just typical stupid horror movie characters doing stupid things. "Oh, let's go check out that really creepy sound all by myself after I found my wife/mother/girlfriend/pet dead/catatonic/."

Having seen nearly all the Japanese horror flicks, there is a clear culture of fear of long black hair, water and eyeballs or mouths that are stretched/blacked out via photoshop/CGI. When you experience it for the first time, it's scary. The second time, it's interesting. For the third, fourth, ...., it's yaaawwwwwnnnn.
May 5, 2012
Mark Beckford

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    1. Daughter: What's your name?
    2. Toshio: TO-SHI-OH. [scary staring face]
    – Submitted by Andrew D (23 months ago)
    1. Karen: The whole time I was in that house I felt something was wrong. What happened there?
    – Submitted by Nathan B (2 years ago)
    1. Toshio: actually the face of that child is like a real ghost
    – Submitted by Sonali T (3 years ago)
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