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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. 70
    One of the flat-out creepiest films ever released by a major American studio.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    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.
  5. 50
    Takes a leaf from the "Psycho" handbook and abandons its star for stretches here and there.
  6. 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.
  7. 25
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 94
  2. Negative: 31 out of 94
  1. Feb 21, 2011
    10
    The Best Horror Movie EVER!!!
    Sarah Michelle Gellar Shines In This Movie As Karen Davis...
    I Have To Admit I Have Never Gotten So Scared At A
    The Best Horror Movie EVER!!!
    Sarah Michelle Gellar Shines In This Movie As Karen Davis...
    I Have To Admit I Have Never Gotten So Scared At A Horror Movie (I Watch Them ALL The Time) Makeup On The Grudge Is Very Good, And The Acting Is Wonderful!! :)
    This Couldnt Be A More Perfect Horror Movie!
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  2. AxelL.
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    I don't know why some people are so unappreaciative of horror movies these days, this movie is one of the best I have seen!!! A I don't know why some people are so unappreaciative of horror movies these days, this movie is one of the best I have seen!!! A successful remake of Ju-on. Expand
  3. Dec 9, 2014
    9
    The Grudge is an extremely scary and creepy horror movie. This is probably one of the scariest horror movies. It also has a good plot. LikeThe Grudge is an extremely scary and creepy horror movie. This is probably one of the scariest horror movies. It also has a good plot. Like many horror movies, it has one weak point-bad endings. Expand
  4. Mar 3, 2013
    6
    Very well made and effective horror movie. Takashi Shimizu did a great job as director. Sarah Michelle Gellar had a very believableVery well made and effective horror movie. Takashi Shimizu did a great job as director. Sarah Michelle Gellar had a very believable performance in this movie. The only problem was that at times it could take a while for something to happen. Expand
  5. Riren
    Mar 4, 2007
    5
    The only effective thing about The Grudge is the gimmicks it brings to the table. The masses of black hair are creepy. The distinct groaning The only effective thing about The Grudge is the gimmicks it brings to the table. The masses of black hair are creepy. The distinct groaning sound is creepy. The pale little boy is creepy (if you aren't fed up with pale children from a host of similar movies). The plot, the acting, the mood - these are all generic, certainly nothing fresh enough to have necessitated it being a remake. If there is one annoying person who likes to make fun of movies in the theatre, they will make fun of The Grudge - and it's really the sort of movie that attracts those kinds of patrons, too. Expand
  6. Apr 7, 2013
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. THE ONLY POTENTIAL SPOILER IS THAT I DESCRIBE THE ESSENCE OF NEARLY ALL Japanese HORROR SCENES)

    The rule of thumb for watching any Japanese horror film that is remade in Hollywood is to go for the original, subtitles be damned. The one exception is The Ring.

    The Grudge remake, made by the exact same director of the original, is a series of confusing, disconnected creepy scenes until the end where you kinda-sorta get an explanation. No plot. Just typical stupid horror movie characters doing stupid things. "Oh, let's go check out that really creepy sound all by myself after I found my wife/mother/girlfriend/pet dead/catatonic/(insert-state-of-being-here)."

    Having seen nearly all the Japanese horror flicks, there is a clear culture of fear of long black hair, water and eyeballs or mouths that are stretched/blacked out via PhotoshopCGI. When you experience it for the first time, it's scary. The second time, it's interesting. For the third, fourth, it's yaaawwwwwnnnn.
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  7. BenB.
    Oct 2, 2005
    0
    This movie is.....wait, scratch that, I don't even consider this piece of garbage a MOVIE! I don't even know where to begin..... No This movie is.....wait, scratch that, I don't even consider this piece of garbage a MOVIE! I don't even know where to begin..... No suspense involved here, and WHY OH WHY does she keep going back to that stupid house!!! If she KNOWS something bad is there then WHY GO BACK! And don't call me a harsh critic because i've never ever said a movie to be as bad as this one, in fact before this, the lowest level of a movie I had seen was a "meh". The movie was confusing all around and didn't really give the viewers a sense of relevance to keep on watching. But the most confusing thing about this movie is, above all else, why the critics loved it so much? Expand

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