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  • Summary: The much-anticipated sequel to the 2004 worldwide hit The Grudge, this terrifying thriller explores the dark secrets of the grudge as the terrifying supernatural curse is unleashed on a group of seemingly unrelated victims. One by one, they are infected by the grudge, which quickly movesThe much-anticipated sequel to the 2004 worldwide hit The Grudge, this terrifying thriller explores the dark secrets of the grudge as the terrifying supernatural curse is unleashed on a group of seemingly unrelated victims. One by one, they are infected by the grudge, which quickly moves from a burned-down house in Tokyo and spreads to everyone who crosses his path. (Columbia Pictures) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Once again, we're treated to loosely aligned scenes of half-formed characters getting a faceful of director Takashi Shimizu's croaking, implacable, and, yes, still scary housewife-geist.
  2. 50
    Generating gore-free unease through sound effects and scary faces is the specialty of director Takashi Shimizu, who helmed the original series (known in Japan as Ju-On). He creates some unsettling moments here, particularly a well-staged scene involving a body under the sheets and a man in a shower, but the evil ghost itself is a predictable, one-trick pony.
  3. There are fun distractions, but it's easy to focus on the flaws.
  4. A movie so bewildering and impenetrable that I believe it siphoned off a good 40 IQ points.
  5. Puberty causes an exponential increase in evil -- and in incoherence -- in The Grudge 2.
  6. 38
    The most popular facial expression for victims in The Grudge 2 is something I'd like to call "deep befuddlement." This time "deep befuddlement" goes double for paying customers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 14 out of 35
  1. ChristyB.
    Mar 25, 2008
    10
    Awesome, I loved the movie the Grudge. It is really scary and there is a purpose to it. I jumped when I was watching it. But after that I Awesome, I loved the movie the Grudge. It is really scary and there is a purpose to it. I jumped when I was watching it. But after that I couldn't keep my eyes off of it. The second movie was great too. I love horror movies. Expand
  2. MyleneB
    Oct 24, 2006
    10
    Its is scary, and one of my favorite movies.
  3. Sean
    Oct 14, 2006
    8
    Pretty good, but too many plots and no story is resolved.
  4. Jan 1, 2012
    5
    If you generally like your horror films to contain a semblance of normality then I would suggest to find another movie. Honestly, the plot isIf you generally like your horror films to contain a semblance of normality then I would suggest to find another movie. Honestly, the plot is somewhat of a mess and you will often be left scratching your head in utter confusion. I will admit The Grudge 2 has some frightful "gotcha" moments but even the scare factor isn't as creepy when compared to the original 2004 film. A good flick to rent on a dark and stormy night but sadly nothing else. Expand
  5. Droog
    Oct 17, 2006
    3
    I agree with "A Movie Critic" that The Grudge 2 is best understood in context with its American and Japanese predecessors, although in my I agree with "A Movie Critic" that The Grudge 2 is best understood in context with its American and Japanese predecessors, although in my opinion it's simply not a very good film. The Grudge 2 is indeed more similar to the original Ju-On than to The Grudge 1 in that it constantly shifts between multiple storylines and multiple characters, which leads to more spectacular fright scenes. The nature of J-horror is that it doesn't matter if one is an "innocent" or "evil" character -- anyone can end up dead. It is the utter randomness of awful deaths that make J-horror so compelling. That said, I actually liked Grudge 1 better than Ju-On because its (more) linear plotline builds both tension and history with each scene. Ju-On, to me, seemed like a pastiche of fright scenes, which may be the point, but it still doesn't do it for me. Grudge 2 is a return to Ju-On's jumpy storylines and inconsequential characters. The acting and the dialogue is worse than ever before. There is some promise of Kyako's back-story, similar to the Ring, but it fails to deliver any greater understanding because it's ridiculous and inconsequential. Basically, nothing really matters in this movie except jumping out of your seat when ghosts appear out of the shadows. That in itself has some value ... but not much. Expand
  6. EdA.
    Nov 15, 2006
    2
    How horribly predictable, not scary especially if you've seen any other grudge film.
  7. SangheeJ.
    Oct 23, 2006
    0
    I'm a huge fan of Ju-On, which got under my skin and into my head. Traditionally, however, American horror films are about blood, and I'm a huge fan of Ju-On, which got under my skin and into my head. Traditionally, however, American horror films are about blood, and jumping out of the shadows and making the audience recoil in its seats. The Grudge 2 had none of this. [***SPOILERS***] I thought watching a girl regurgitate milk into its container to be one of the scariest moments in the film I loved the original Ju-On, which showed character development, and developed sympathy towards Kayako and Toshio, instead of showing them as mindless psychopaths. The movie The Grudge 2 was utterly stupid, and trying to double the fear by having more leap-outs, and two "grudges: appear near the end of the film. The only people who were freaked out by the movie were the 40 or so pre-teen yuppies who were giggling and "eek!"-ing the whole time. They were more engaging than the film I was watching. Save it for video, or not at all. If you want to be scared, watch Ju-On and its sequel. Expand

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