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The Grudge 2 (2006)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 65

Critics Consensus: A diminished sequel that makes even less sense than The Grudge 1.

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: A diminished sequel that makes even less sense than The Grudge 1.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 253,085

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Movie Info

When a cast and crew of a TV show start filming in the apparently haunted house, strange things begin to happen to each of them.

Rating:
PG-13 (for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 6, 2007
Box Office:
$39.1M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Grudge 2

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (65) | DVD (17)

Some unsettling moments here, but the evil ghost itself is a predictable one-trick pony.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Vapid, silly and about as scary as an Adam Sandler film.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

What's a bad sequel but a revenant soul doomed to repeat itself?

Full Review… | October 18, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Like its progenitor, The Grudge 2 is filled with defective light bulbs, scummy bath water and camera work that makes even teenage flesh look mottled.

October 17, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It is a testament to the power of filmmaking that even a waste of time like Grudge 2 can raise a slew of interesting questions to keep you thinking for a long time after leaving the theatre.

Full Review… | October 16, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Takako Fuji and Ohga Tanaka, as the ghosts, do MTV Movie Award-caliber work by just crouching in a phone booth.

Full Review… | October 16, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Takashi Shimizu telegraphs scares to the point of numbness. Peek under a table? There's the boy! The room a bit too quiet, is it? It's the girl! All that's frightening are the actors' pained facial expressions, suggesting an epidemic of farty indigestion.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010
Suite101.com

It's a random series of attempted frights that fails at every turn.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Seven films later, with the conventions of throat croaking and neck cracking having moved into camp, it's amazing that Shimizu can still find new ways to turn the old screw.

Full Review… | April 20, 2008
Beyond Hollywood

Repetition is the death of horror.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Pale-faced, staring, mute Japanese kids strike back.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

...nothing more than a needless rehash of its predecessor...

Full Review… | March 12, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

full review in Greek

Full Review… | January 8, 2007
Movies for the Masses

The Grudge 2 starts out ridiculous, then gets boring, then irritating.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Every moment of intended terror becomes a slapstick gem, carefully constructed boo frights hit with the hilarity of Lucille Ball stepping on a rake

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Urban Cinefile

... Lazy, unimaginative storytelling that tries to fool the audience into thinking it's clever.

Full Review… | November 5, 2006
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Rather than following the story of the Japanese sequel Ju-on 2, the English-language Grudge 2 is based on an original script by Stephen Susco. Unfortunately, there isn't much about it that feels all that original.

Full Review… | November 1, 2006
IGN Movies

Japanese director Shimizu may be the only director in history to have helmed a pair of Hollywood remakes of his two biggest hit films and managed to screw up both of them.

Full Review… | October 30, 2006
Austin Chronicle

just a quick scare and then back to the nonsensical and diluted story.

Full Review… | October 26, 2006

Low calorie horror, it's propped up by set-piece shocks familiar from any of the other five incarnations of Ju-On: The Grudge.

Full Review… | October 24, 2006
BBC.com

Despite some nifty Japanese style tricks and ghostly illusions this isn't scary. It's muddled, same-old mayhem, just with a more international cast going crazy.

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
Empire Magazine

Please let's pull the plug on this insanely over-promoted, over-rated horror brand.

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
Guardian

These films are popular with teenagers who haven't seen it all before, who don't see every jump scare coming a mile off.

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
eFilmCritic.com

Don't know about you, but I've seen enough weird women with long hair and heard enough of those screechy violins and atonal sound effects to last a lifetime.

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
Daily Mirror [UK]

...yet another American remake...of an incomprehensible Japanese horror film...

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

Consequently, The Grudge 2 is ruthlessly uneventful and as generically scary as stale pumpkin pie two weeks removed from a sedate Halloween party.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
Movie Eye

Audience Reviews for The Grudge 2

A much better film than its predecessor - the premise is intriguing, the scares are more inventive, and the characters are better developed. It's not great, but as far as creepy atmospheric haunted house stories go, The Grudge 2 gets the job done.

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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Hmmphhh.

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Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

The Grudge 2 is yet another sequel to a terrible remake. Where to begin? Like in the first Grudge, the film is plagued with cheap scares, and relies on their special effect to create its "horror", well that doesn't work. If you've read my reviews on horror films, I've stated numerous times that its atmosphere, not special effects that helps create an effective, chilling horror film. The Grudge 2 like its predecessor has the elements absent from the story, and you get a cheap, unscary horror film that tries to scare you by having cheaply done jump scares. If done properly, you can get away with it and still have a great horror film. But with these remakes, they rely on exclusively on that to create the tension. I like atmosphere in my horror films, not cheap jump scares camouflaged with great special effects. The Grudge 2 fails to deliver genuine scares and above all, a great story. Not only that, but the film lacks any good acting. I hate remakes with the exception of a few, and the reason why they are terrible is that the filmmakers try duplicate the original while creating something refreshing that will appeal to the new brain dead audience that think films like this is actual horror. Well, it's not. A terrible film with awful acting, story and minimalistic scares make this a pointless sequel to a remake of a very good Japanese horror film. A shame. I just hope one day, Hollywood gets a reality check and realize how shitty these films are. Avoid if you love true horror.

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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

½

I thought this sequel horror film is more creepy and spooky where the cursed spirit Kayako has been released to a new country. But I like the first one the best. I wished Sarah Michelle Gellar's character should stay alive in this sequel.
After Sarah Michelle Gellar's cameo, the movie focuses on her sister, but gives her nothing to do. What seems like a totally separate storyline inside an apartment building is more distracting than involving. The scares become very routine and there are so many characters here, that the viewer cannot become attached to any of them.
The movie does, however, kick it up in the final twenty minutes or so. And the ending is a lot darker and much more mean spirited than the original, and for that, it has to earn some points for not taking the safe way out.

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Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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