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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Generally speaking, I like a little more plot with my 'Boo!' moments.
| Original Score: 2/4
We need to care about Karen. That we never quite do isn't scary. It's merely disappointing.
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
Grisly ghost story lacks plot; not for tweens.
| Original Score: 2/5
Stylish but shallow horror
Shimizu may have sold out and bastardized his own calling card, but at least he got the ghost hand thing in again.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Japanese cult chiller remake isn't your usual Hollywood horror flick, but it also isn't very good.
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.
It's no more impressive than hiding in the dark and shouting 'Boo!' when someone walks into a room.
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.
| Original Score: C
Dismally lost in translation.
The Grudge is not the worst film of the year, but that's about the biggest compliment I can give it.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Less scary than creepy, The Grudge may have lost some oomph in the translation from Japanese to English.
Even Shimizu can't stop Hollywood from yet another miscalculated attempt to strip down and simplify overseas horror for the suburban mallrats.
| Original Score: C-
...just cannibalizes itself, exploiting Japanese spirituality for a few Saturday-night shocks...
A scattering of scary moments surrounded by scenes that only serve to test your patience and kill time.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Completely misses the point of the original.