The Grudge Reviews

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March 9, 2020
Perhaps all this one needed to be was better than the 2004 film. And indeed it very much is.
February 12, 2020
Satisfactorily spine-chilling and macabre while not quite terrifying
January 31, 2020
An example of some quite startlingly good film-making.
January 30, 2020
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 29, 2020
Pesce gives us everything by way of standard Grudge fare, but he also sidesteps genre fans' expectations by digging even deeper here with this latest Grudge project.
January 26, 2020
[T]he film probably delivers sufficient jump-scares for a young audience, despite a rather predictable ending.
January 24, 2020
[W]riter-director Nicolas Pesce keeps his film creaking and shrieking along within a taut 94 minutes, filling it with some disagreeable images even by the standards of the genre.
January 23, 2020
[D]espite it being highly derivative, it was also very enjoyable in a blood-soaked Scooby-Doo kind of way, with lots of look out behind you and jump-scary moments.
January 23, 2020
A generic but competent reboot-quel enlivened by good performances across the board and some stylish direction. No grudges need be held here, but maybe it's time to put this franchise to bed.
January 22, 2020
Apart from Kayako herself, the one fixed point of these films is grotesque, harrowing death foretold, which Pesce, like previous directors, duly delivers as a bleak memento mori for the popcorn-chewing, thrill-seeking viewer.
January 13, 2020
I've seen films more gory and violent than The Grudge, but I haven't seen very many that are more brutal.
January 11, 2020
Come what may, I can confidently predict that The Grudge will be the best movie of the decade - at least, until another movie opens.
January 9, 2020
Some fans of the franchise may be aggrieved that he does little with the original Japanese ghosts, but in his version, the curse is what's important. It is rage against dying, against an unfair universe, and so it is self-propagating.
January 5, 2020
The real asset here - as well as the movie's main likely problem for many viewers - is its bleak tone.
January 4, 2020
There was one moment in "The Grudge" when the movie, ever so briefly, rose to the level of greatness... Instead it settles on being merely okay.
January 3, 2020
The jumps are well-managed, the film feels of a piece with the other movies in the series, and [Nicolas] Pesce orchestrates one exquisite twist that offers a completely different angle on the whole life-after-death thing.
January 3, 2020
While it may offer some thrills to first time watchers, dedicated fans of the franchise may find it lackluster in comparison.
January 3, 2020
The Grudge is fast paced. There's little down time between scares. You may lose track of what year you're in, but there's always something creepy or graphically violent to see.
January 3, 2020
It would have been easy to fall back on what the previous films had already accomplished, but [director] Nicolas Pesce went into this with his own vision, bringing to life a movie that pays homage to the original but also sets itself apart.
January 3, 2020
Nicolas Pesce's new and improved take on The Grudge ... is often as nasty as you want it to be, its cheesy jump-scares and generic packaging be damned.
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