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

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Steve Biodrowski

... 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 Source: ESplatter

July 4, 2008
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: B-

June 21, 2007
Anton Bitel

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/5

June 19, 2007
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star

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 | Original Score: 3/4

February 18, 2007
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

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 Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/10

June 25, 2005
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies

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 Source: Freeze Dried Movies | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2005
Eric D. Snider

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

November 6, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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If you are new to horror that places atmosphere and psychological intensity over gore, Ju-On is a good place to start.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 29, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 29, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Original Score: C

October 25, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's creepy, all right. It's just that how it goes about creeping you out is sometimes just plain cheesy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 15, 2004
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's much harder on you than mere fright: It's... creepy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 15, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Shimizu is obviously impatient with dull exposition and wants us to get straight to the good scary stuff.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 8, 2004
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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...

| Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2004
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2/4

October 1, 2004
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Ju-on has the ability to shoot chills up, down and, well, sideways across a viewer's spine.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

September 23, 2004
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2004
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