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Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (Ju-on 2) (2003)

Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (Ju-on 2)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 31

Critics Consensus: The film grows more repetitive as it goes on, and as a result, the scares lessen.

55%
Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: The film grows more repetitive as it goes on, and as a result, the scares lessen.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 37,729

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Movie Info

Pregnant Kyôko Harase and her fiancé are in a car crash. While Kyoko loses her baby in the crash, she is later informed that she has a three-and-a-half-month-old fetus in her womb.

Rating:
R (for some disturbing images)
Genre:
Horror , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 10, 2006
Runtime:
Lions Gate Releasing - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (Ju-on 2)

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (31) | DVD (17)

If you are new to horror that places atmosphere and psychological intensity over gore, Ju-On is a good place to start.

Full Review… | November 5, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It's creepy, all right. It's just that how it goes about creeping you out is sometimes just plain cheesy.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's much harder on you than mere fright: It's... creepy.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Shimizu is obviously impatient with dull exposition and wants us to get straight to the good scary stuff.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Ju-on has the ability to shoot chills up, down and, well, sideways across a viewer's spine.

Full Review… | September 23, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Even if you have no idea what the devil is going on in Ju-on, it holds up as a finely crafted little freakout movie.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

... a film that, perhaps better than any other ever made, conveys the disturbing sense of the uncanny -- of fear that goes beyond reason or explanation ...

Full Review… | July 4, 2008
ESplatter

Ye olde cursed-house-cuz-child-and-mom-were-killed Japanese midnight flick.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

its device of a film-within-a-film, far from being some clever-clever postmodern contrivance, adds another layer of disorientation to Shimizu's carefully constructed hall of mirrors.

Full Review… | June 19, 2007
musicOMH.com

With just a little bit of editing and some disorienting sound effects, Japanese director Takashi Shimizu can create more tension and jolts than most filmmakers can with oceans of blood.

Full Review… | February 18, 2007
Kansas City Star

There are too many characters and few of them are portrayed in a way that would allow audience to really care about their fate.

Full Review… | June 25, 2005

Ju-On features more matted black hair than you'd find in the locker room shower drain of an Italian soccer team -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
Freeze Dried Movies

There is nearly enough atmosphere and general creepiness to make you forget that the film doesn't really add up to anything.

Full Review… | November 6, 2004
EricDSnider.com

Those who are patient will find that this one is a creepier, more effective movie than its American clone.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

What this version has that the remake lacks: a few more intriguing subplots and some Kabuki-like visual flourishes.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Salt Lake Tribune

... succumbs to terminal stupid-itis, the very same ailment that's demolished plenty of other horror movies through the years.

Full Review… | October 25, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Exists in its unsettling ability to cloak the audience in a mood of chilling dread.

Full Review… | October 20, 2004
Arizona Daily Star

Shimizu seems to suggest that being confronted by the undeniable reality of the supernatural would obliterate not just our judgment but the very foundation of our lives...

October 8, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Turns into a joke -- a parody of its effective first few scenes.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Sacramento Bee

Watching this is as likely to set the hairs on the back of your neck dancing the dead-girl shuffle as much as any film in recent memory.

Full Review… | September 19, 2004
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (Ju-on 2)

½

Confusingly told and bringing two of (what were) very creepy horror entities out into the light repeatidly, really takes the creepiness out of them. I found their presence in this film almost a little comical.

RCCLBC
Robert C

Super Reviewer

½

Now, here's the film that I'm mad at. Came to my profile ratings mysteriously and had to watch it.

'Ju-On: The Grudge 2' is what I've learned the fourth film in the series. Watched the first one, wasn't amazed and skipped right to this one.

This film continues the story of the "curse" that was initialized in the original. In this one, a reality TV show host wants to make a feature of the house because he has become interested of the whole thingy. It doesn't come as a surprise that death is waiting for them all...

This installment to the series is just as scary as the first one. Like I said, I skipped the middle ones and went directy to see this. Felt uncomfortable but not that much as in the original because the "curse" was familiar to me. Nevertheless, scared the shit out of me at times but I still prefer different horror movies, like 'The Others' or 'White Chicks'...

TheMachinist
Jani H

Super Reviewer

If you count the first two direct-to-video movies, this would be the 4th movie in the Takashi Shimizu's Japanese Ju-On series.

The Ju-on Curse spreads and takes more lives in this followup sequel to the smash success Ju-On.

Like Elm Street 5, this has the theme of motherhood, with the Ju-On ghosts attempting to enter the real world through a woman's baby.

The plot also concerns a film crew shooting a documentary about the Ju-On curse on location. Let me tell you, everybody on the crew of that thing don't have a chance as the curse finds them and gets them in some weird and scary ways!

The ghost boy Toshio is back with his freaky black cat. Kayoko, the long-haired ghost mother makes several freaky appearances. I don't think the evil daddy appears in this one.

The stories are once again told episodically in a shuffled order. There's one great story with a Japanese schoolgirl who is stuck in a freaky time/space loop where she's inside and outside the cursed house in rapid succession. I was freaked with the apartment scene when the residents wonder what is causing a banging sound each night at the same time from the neighbour's wall. The ending is shocking, but no great surprise after witnessing all the freaky things which have just occurred.

I liked the first theatrical Ju-On movie a bit more, because it had tighter pacing and more centered on the haunted house.

The thing I don't understand with these Ju-On movies is why do the ghosts of the mother and boy want to cause harm to innocent people? They were innocent victims once themselves, and should show some understanding. They were killed by surprise, so shouldn't show much rage. They should go after who killed them instead.

YosemiteSamFan
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

½

I personally find it bizarre how every single half-baked horror film that gets released seems to warrant a sequel these days; I honestly don't know why a lot of these movies exist. Ju-on is actually one of the few that deserved a sequel; whether or not it was a good idea to make it is open to debate though. I personally consider the original Ju-on the best straight horror film I've ever seen, but the sequel seems to have fallen into the usual horror sequel trap. Instead of expanding on the idea, the director seems to have thought "well we did all the build up in the original, so let's jump straight in with the scary stuff!" Unfortunately, without the build up, there is no tension, and so instead of being scary, the spooky happenings seem faintly ridiculous; the opening section makes the ghostly boy look like some kind of albino gremlin! Add some rather gimmicky nonsense including hairy nooses and a mobile wig and it's very difficult to take seriously. It does improve towards the end, and the final half hour does contain some genuinely creepy moments, but it seems to be content to rip off the (inferior) Ringu rather than carrying on the tradition of the original movie. Not bad, but not in the same league as Ju-on.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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