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The Grudge

Mystery . Thriller . Horror

Karen Davis is an American Nurse moves to Tokyo and encounter a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find away to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim.

Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar , Rosa Blasi , Bill Pullman , Grace Zabriskie , KaDee Strickland , Clea DuVall , William Mapother , Jason Behr , Takako Fuji , Ted Raimi
Directors: Takashi Shimizu
Country: USA , JAPAN
Release: 2004-10-22
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  • Robert K. Elder

    A master of atmosphere, Japanese director Takashi Shimizu leads his audience along on a celluloid leash to his pitch-black attic of horror, inviting each hair on the back of your neck to stand up.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    The only character with any personality in The Grudge is a Tokyo house, but not to worry - it's got enough mean in it to keep any horror movie afloat.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    There is no "why" in The Grudge, at least not an explanation that provides comfort or cure. It simply is. That's what makes it really scary.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Richard James Havis

    Slightly less frightening than the original, but it's still a scary psycho-horror that effectively replicates its bleak and crisp shocks.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    One of the flat-out creepiest films ever released by a major American studio.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It's enough to send you home with jiggly knees and a tummy ache.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    This is an eerie, inventively mounted movie: It's a shivery fun time, filled with dark corners, deserted hallways and sudden apparitions. But it never manages to genuinely rattle you.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    A lean, atmospheric and acutely creepy little horror pic - nothing more, nothing less.

    Empire Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It's effectively frightening. 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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    A horror film that consists of virtually nothing but don't-go-in-the-attic suspense scenes strung together with a reasonable degree of brooding mood and a minimum of logic.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    In the hands of a less-skilled director, this Hollywood-mandated need to impose order could have ended in disaster.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Like a good horror movie, the images, jolts and artistically directed disorientation will keep your stomach clenched...Like a bad one, it doesn't make a lick of sense.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • V.A. Musetto

    The Grudge offers a bit more exposition than did "Ju-On," but the plot is still wispy.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    It isn't frightening. Sometimes, in fact, it's laughable.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Shimizu can't quite pull everything together, trying to get off easy with a bargain-bin twist ending that most of the audience will see coming by the time the pile of corpses reaches double digits.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    At least the horror premise here has a hook - a house can spread its curse like a plague to adversely affect all who enter.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Takes a leaf from the "Psycho" handbook and abandons its star for stretches here and there.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Pretty much a one-trick pony, and, after a while, that trick loses its ability to impress.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    American audiences have seen Ju-On. And The Grudge just goes to show why remaking it is such a frivolous idea: What's the use in wasting so much energy if the filmmakers aren't going to fix what was wrong with the movie in the first place?

    Premiere Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The cast is drab and lifeless, the characterization non-existent, the ending simply impossible. Between our jumps of fright come lumps of time that take forever to pass.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    The benchmark for any horror movie, of course, is how well it frightens you, and The Grudge is pretty satisfactory in that regard.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It’s not a disaster by any stretch, but purists will ache to show newcomers the horrific genius of "Ju-on" over The Grudge as soon as they exit the theatre.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Less a film than a terror delivery system, The Grudge repeatedly shows off Shimizu's technical chops, but never gives viewers a reason to care about or identify with the victims.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    The overdetermined approach preempts character shadings or social subtext-just compare Hideo Nakata's original "Ring," which tapped its dread from viral-replicant mass culture and its pathos from a broken home, or Nakata's "Dark Water," which channeled the sorrow, guilt, and paranoia felt by a young divorcée mired in a custody battle.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Less scary than creepy, The Grudge may have lost some oomph in the translation from Japanese to English, and the desire for a PG-13 rating probably muted the violence and perhaps the scares.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Most of the chills have been faithfully re-created, though first-time screenwriter Stephen Susco hasn't done much to straighten out the muddled narrative.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Isn't art, but as date-night fright flicks go, it's effective.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Despite the tighter rewrite and the slicker production, it's obvious that Shimizu is still searching for what scares him, and until he finds it, he doesn't stand--ahem--a ghost of a chance of frightening us.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    More than anything, The Grudge suggests that it's time for Shimizu to move on.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Viewers of this Sam Raimi-produced, sub-"Amityville" scarefest are likely to hold the real grudge.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, the nominal star, has been in her share of horror movies, and all by herself could have written and directed a better one than this.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
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