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The Grudge 2 Reviews

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

May 13, 2009

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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May 12, 2007
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Some unsettling moments here, but the evil ghost itself is a predictable one-trick pony.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 19, 2006
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Vapid, silly and about as scary as an Adam Sandler film.

Full Review Source: Time Out

October 19, 2006
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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What's a bad sequel but a revenant soul doomed to repeat itself?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 18, 2006
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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

October 17, 2006
Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

October 16, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Takako Fuji and Ohga Tanaka, as the ghosts, do MTV Movie Award-caliber work by just crouching in a phone booth.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

October 16, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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It isn't a bad movie, just a redundant one.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 16, 2006
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 16, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

October 16, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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

October 16, 2006

Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 16, 2006
Lisa Rose
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

October 16, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 16, 2006
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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This particular Grudge proves too pointless to bear.

October 16, 2006
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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The film feels more like several small, disconnected pieces thrown together rather than a satisfying whole.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 14, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2006
Peter Debruge
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Story is incidental, as auds merely anticipate the scares.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 13, 2006
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 13, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

October 13, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 13, 2006
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