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Dull and derivative, the rebooted Grudge wastes a talented cast and filmmaker on watered-down scares that may leave viewers nursing grievances of their own. Read critic reviews

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A detective investigates a murder scene that has a connection to a case that her new partner handled in the past. The killings occurred in a haunted house that passes on a ghostly curse to those who dare enter it. Soon, the curse spreads to a terminally ill woman and her husband, and another unsuspecting couple who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Cast & Crew

Andrea Riseborough
Detective Muldoon
John Cho
Peter Spencer
Betty Gilpin
Nina Spencer
William Sadler
Detective Wilson
Frankie R. Faison
William Matheson
Tara Westwood
Fiona Landers
Dave Brown
Sam Landers
Lin Shaye
Faith Matheson
Jacki Weaver
Lorna Moody
Junko Bailey
Kayako Ghost
Zoe Fish
Melinda Landers
Joel Marsh Garland
Detective Greco
Bradley Sawatzky
Officer Michaels
Nicolas Pesce
Screenwriter
Sam Raimi
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Nathan Kahane
Executive Producer
Erin Westerman
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Brady Fujikawa
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Andrew Pfeffer
Executive Producer
Roy Lee
Executive Producer
Doug Davison
Executive Producer
John Powers Middleton
Executive Producer
Schuyler Weiss
Executive Producer
Zack Galler
Cinematographer
Gardner Gould
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Ken Blackwell
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Jean-Andre Carriere
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Sara McCudden
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Critic Reviews for The Grudge

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (100)

  • ...we're suffering from a dearth of true boogeymen, the figures that loom in our shared pop-cultural nightmares. It's the faces that stay with us.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Pesce has hired some fine actors and squandered them on a plot that isn't ingenious enough to justify the heartlessness that's all part of the package at this end of the horror movie market.

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Grudge could have been something much more than just another notch in a never-ending franchise. As it is, the film is exactly as competent as it needs to be.

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There is little that sets this apart from the earlier films.

    January 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Forget about chilling to the bone, The Grudge barely drops below room temperature.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • We shouldn't have to put up with the barrel-scraping inadequacies of "creak, creak, creak, screamy face!" any more. So don't.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 20, 2020
    The fact that this is how my 2020 film-watching career starts seems like a REAL bad omen for this year. Update: Oh boy.
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  • Mar 11, 2020
    The scripting is insanely poor and the dialog dull. The film is structured and edited like someone throwing photographs onto a table. The scary set-pieces land without a scare or a jump, despite every single one being a jumpscare, with the possible exception of Lynn Shay's fingers. Everyone of note is utterly wasted. And worst of all; the iconic Grudge mother and her cat-son have been replaced by a generic zombie family that gnash their wet brown teeth like literally every demon in every movie since 2000. The little boy has been changed to a wet grumpy little girl because of course he has. Wildly incompetent; do not under any circumstances pay a many to see this rubbish.
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