The Grudge Reviews

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Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
November 6, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 6, 2004
Generally speaking, I like a little more plot with my 'Boo!' moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 6, 2004
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 26, 2004
It's no more impressive than hiding in the dark and shouting 'Boo!' when someone walks into a room.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 22, 2004
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 22, 2004
It's enough to send you home with jiggly knees and a tummy ache.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 22, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
October 22, 2004
It's refreshing to see a PG-13 horror film that aims for good old-fashioned spookiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 22, 2004
As it turns out, there is such a thing as a horror film with too much mindless killing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 22, 2004
A spine-tingling little creepshow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 22, 2004
While there is some artfully ghastly imagery on display, the movie is just one surrealist chill after another, with no cohesive story line to connect the scares.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 22, 2004
Mostly, it's a tepid affair.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jamie Peck
New York Daily News
October 22, 2004
Adds nothing to the haunted-house genre aside from the horror of spilled ramen noodles on tatami mats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2004
More than anything, The Grudge suggests that it's time for Shimizu to move on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 22, 2004
The Grudge is all about fright. It's not about mystery, characterization or perverse amusement, all of which can turn horror into something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 22, 2004
There are so many events here but no real story. Perhaps that is what's making the drowned kabuki ghost so irate: She's desperate to find a coherent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 22, 2004
Anyone who has ever seen a horror flick will know where this one's going every inch of the way.
| Original Score: C-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 22, 2004
The cold, impersonal climate of much of the decor proves more frightening than the secret at the movie's core.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 22, 2004
We need to care about Karen. That we never quite do isn't scary. It's merely disappointing.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 22, 2004
The trouble with Shimizu's impressionistic approach is that it doesn't entrench you deep enough inside anybody's head or put you far enough behind anyone's point of view for the scares to really work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 21, 2004
While it has flashes of creepy imagery, it has absolutely nothing going on in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 21, 2004
It isn't frightening. Sometimes, in fact, it's laughable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 21, 2004
The new film's hill of beans doesn't loom very tall when its acting weight rests on the shoulders of Sarah Michelle Gellar and the ever-likable but unassertive Bill Pullman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 21, 2004
It's a shivery fun time, filled with dark corners, deserted hallways and sudden apparitions. But it never manages to genuinely rattle you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 21, 2004
Less scary than creepy, The Grudge may have lost some oomph in the translation from Japanese to English.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 21, 2004
The Grudge shows just enough blood to be scary but not self-indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 21, 2004
Rather than building to a climax, Shimizu introduces his poltergeists too early. Once the ghosts start rattling around, we can generally anticipate what's coming next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
October 21, 2004
Project might have been more successful if Shimizu had style and/or atmosphere to substitute for his canned scares, cardboard compositions and flaccid cutting.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 21, 2004
Fans accustomed to noisier, more graphic jolts may be impatient with The Grudge's measured insidiousness. Others may find it refreshing, curiously so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2004
The new version is slightly less frightening than the original, but it's still a scary psycho-horror that effectively replicates its bleak and crisp shocks.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 21, 2004
The opening minutes hit us with a shocker on a par with the shower scene in "Psycho," and the tension rarely lets up thereafter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
October 21, 2004
[The Grudge] isn't art, but as date-night fright flicks go, it's effective.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
October 21, 2004
The Grudge simply wants to make you wet your pants. Even if it doesn't, you'll still find yourself in the market for a nightlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 21, 2004
A decent enough idea for a Halloween horror trick.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 20, 2004
A horror film that consists of virtually nothing but don't-go-in-the-attic suspense scenes strung together with a reasonable degree of brooding mood and a minimum of logic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
October 19, 2004
The soundtrack's Dolby thumps and screaming violins head off any genuine scares.