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The Grudge Reviews

January 30, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2020
Forget about chilling to the bone, The Grudge barely drops below room temperature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 23, 2020
We shouldn't have to put up with the barrel-scraping inadequacies of "creak, creak, creak, screamy face!" any more. So don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 23, 2020
Trapped in a pile of garbage: I'm sure the cast of The Grudge know how that feels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 23, 2020
This new reboot (of sorts) sidles up like the return of a lingering bad smell, reminding you that there's something nasty behind the wardrobe you really ought to sort out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 7, 2020
[W]hile John Cho is a welcome addition to any film, the biting shot that wraps up his storyline doesn't wholly compensate for its mushy buildup.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 5, 2020
The real asset here - as well as the movie's main likely problem for many viewers - is its bleak tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 3, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/4
January 3, 2020
What's really interesting about this version of The Grudge -- not the film itself, which is really basic, jump-scary, not that funny, and pretty mean -- is that it has a really terrific cast who are trying their best to make this a good movie.
January 3, 2020
Things keep devolving into a sort of "stock beats" catalog of J-scares that goes from déjà vu to dullness to deadening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 3, 2020
The remake remains cursed by a fatally hokey concept.
January 3, 2020
Ultimately, I came away with questions, like: Don't a LOT of murders happen in a furious rage, so shouldn't there be little soggy ghosts wandering around all over the place? And: How did this many talented actors get involved in this mess?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 2, 2020
If the angry, vengeful "Ju-On" ghosts must endure, they might as well be deployed by someone who knows how to make their attacks bruising.
January 2, 2020
I saw this movie in the middle of the day, having had a great night's sleep, and I had to slap myself awake a few times.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 2, 2020
Only succeeds at proving that the potential for this franchise died long ago.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 2, 2020
Unfortunately, the set of cultural myths that drove Shimizu's 2004 remake of his earlier work to more than $187 million at the box office has not only long since fallen out of commercial vogue but also seemingly exhausted its own mysteries.
January 2, 2020
Nearly devoid of scares for the casual horror consumer, it will likely elicit a respectful dismissal from genre connoisseurs: "We get what you're trying to do," they might gently say to the filmmakers. "It didn't work."
January 2, 2020
A reboot of a remake of a movie that wasn't too scary to begin with, the latest version of 'The Grudge' conjures nothing but the dregs of J-horror.