The Grudge Reviews

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January 26, 2005
It's mechanical moviemaking, but when it works you're likely to quiver, cower and leap with fright.
November 6, 2004
November 6, 2004
Generally speaking, I like a little more plot with my 'Boo!' moments.
October 26, 2004
It's no more impressive than hiding in the dark and shouting 'Boo!' when someone walks into a room.
October 22, 2004
It's just not the kind of frightening that stays with you very long, unless of course someone decides to make the same movie . . . yet again.
October 22, 2004
It's enough to send you home with jiggly knees and a tummy ache.
October 22, 2004
Almost every single one of the American characters has maybe a third of the personality of the ghosts that haunt them, so you begin to think the grudge itself is less a curse than a perfectly reasonable eviction strategy.
October 22, 2004
It's refreshing to see a PG-13 horror film that aims for good old-fashioned spookiness.
October 22, 2004
As it turns out, there is such a thing as a horror film with too much mindless killing.
October 22, 2004
A spine-tingling little creepshow.
October 22, 2004
While there is some artfully ghastly imagery on display, the movie is just one surrealist chill after another, with no cohesive story line to connect the scares.
October 22, 2004
Mostly, it's a tepid affair.
October 22, 2004
Adds nothing to the haunted-house genre aside from the horror of spilled ramen noodles on tatami mats.
October 22, 2004
More than anything, The Grudge suggests that it's time for Shimizu to move on.
October 22, 2004
The Grudge is all about fright. It's not about mystery, characterization or perverse amusement, all of which can turn horror into something more.
October 22, 2004
There are so many events here but no real story. Perhaps that is what's making the drowned kabuki ghost so irate: She's desperate to find a coherent script.
October 22, 2004
Anyone who has ever seen a horror flick will know where this one's going every inch of the way.
October 22, 2004
The cold, impersonal climate of much of the decor proves more frightening than the secret at the movie's core.
October 22, 2004
We need to care about Karen. That we never quite do isn't scary. It's merely disappointing.
October 22, 2004
I eventually lost all patience. The movie may have some subterranean level on which the story strands connect and make sense, but it eluded me.
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