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The Grudge Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I eventually lost all patience. The movie may have some subterranean level on which the story strands connect and make sense, but it eluded me.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

October 22, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Generally speaking, I like a little more plot with my 'Boo!' moments.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

November 6, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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We need to care about Karen. That we never quite do isn't scary. It's merely disappointing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

October 22, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

There are some creepy images and gotcha scares but nothing can disguise the fact that this is just a "who gets it next and how does he get it" movie.

| Original Score: C

October 21, 2004
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Grisly ghost story lacks plot; not for tweens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 28, 2010
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Stylish but shallow horror

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Shimizu may have sold out and bastardized his own calling card, but at least he got the ghost hand thing in again.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 20, 2004
James Rocchi
Netflix

Japanese cult chiller remake isn't your usual Hollywood horror flick, but it also isn't very good.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2004
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

If you consider sudden shrieks of music and pale Asian children the pinnacle of all things terrfiying, then The Grudge is your next favorite movie.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 22, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's no more impressive than hiding in the dark and shouting 'Boo!' when someone walks into a room.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 26, 2004
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

It's disappointing to realize that the film truly IS nothing more than a series of people dying. We usually like our thrillers to have something more to them.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C

November 6, 2004
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian

Dismally lost in translation.

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October 20, 2004
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

The Grudge is not the worst film of the year, but that's about the biggest compliment I can give it.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 0.5/5

October 21, 2004
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Less scary than creepy, The Grudge may have lost some oomph in the translation from Japanese to English.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2004
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

Even Shimizu can't stop Hollywood from yet another miscalculated attempt to strip down and simplify overseas horror for the suburban mallrats.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C-

October 21, 2004
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 14, 2008
Rebecca Murray
About.com

A scattering of scary moments surrounded by scenes that only serve to test your patience and kill time.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: C-

October 21, 2004
Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
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Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: C+

November 6, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This American remake... has a kind of watered down feel to it, as if it were just a necessary step to be taken in a long series of events.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 2, 2004
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Completely misses the point of the original.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
October 22, 2004
February 27, 2009
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 6, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 6, 2004
Urban Cinefile Critics
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October 18, 2008

ComingSoon.net
November 6, 2004

Boston Phoenix
November 6, 2004

Premiere Magazine
November 6, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 6, 2004

BBC.com
January 26, 2005

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Time Out
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