The Grudge 2 Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
October 19, 2006
Some unsettling moments here, but the evil ghost itself is a predictable one-trick pony.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 19, 2006
Vapid, silly and about as scary as an Adam Sandler film.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2006
What's a bad sequel but a revenant soul doomed to repeat itself?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 17, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
October 16, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 16, 2006
Takako Fuji and Ohga Tanaka, as the ghosts, do MTV Movie Award-caliber work by just crouching in a phone booth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 16, 2006
It isn't a bad movie, just a redundant one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 16, 2006
The Grudge 2, Takashi Shimizu's wildly uneven but ambitious new film -- his second American remake -- is one of the best entries in the Japanese director's Ju-On/Grudge series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 16, 2006
Very little about the plot actually makes sense, but who needs logic when you've got a creepy ghost child and his banshee mom lurking around?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 16, 2006
The movie is utter junk, suitable perhaps for late-night TV, but not for the thousands of big screens on which it opened yesterday.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2006
Grudge 2 is such a complete rehash of its predecessor that it's likely that those who haven't seen the original (American or Japanese versions) will enjoy the sequel more than those who have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Seattle Times
October 16, 2006
It basically repeats the events of the first film with some roles reversed and perversions intensified. For all its visual audacity, The Grudge 2 is quite predictable in its pattern of behavior.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 16, 2006
Even my pathological love of Japan and its beauties, glories and eccentricities is sorely tested by The Grudge 2, from Takashi Shimizu, a movie so bewildering and impenetrable that I believe it siphoned off a good 40 IQ points.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 16, 2006
This particular Grudge proves too pointless to bear.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
October 14, 2006
The film feels more like several small, disconnected pieces thrown together rather than a satisfying whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 13, 2006
The Grudge 2 is just a mélange of images, some mildly disturbing, but mostly just variations on a theme: an unblinking eye, a spectral presence lurking in a dark corner, a sexy schoolgirl in uniform.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 13, 2006
Story is incidental, as auds merely anticipate the scares.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2006
The more Grudge films you see, the more the rules in this universe are unveiled as totally random -- to the point where you stop caring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 13, 2006
While [The Grudge 2] deserves some credit for creating and sustaining a creepy atmosphere, it doesn't matter much when the plot doesn't go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 13, 2006
There are a couple of good jumps here and there, but we've seen this all before. And the creepy, dead girl, having been infinitely parodied (especially in Scary Movie 4), doesn't seem quite so creepy anymore.