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The Grudge Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    49

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today 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.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Grisly ghost story lacks plot; not for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very scary movie with a great deal of tension, many jump-out-at-you surprises, graphic violence, and frequent grisly and disgusting images, including graphic wounds, suicide, dead bodies and pieces of dead bodies. Characters also drink and smoke and use strong language.

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of ghost stories and their own views on whether strong emotions can continue to "occupy" a place. They might also want to find out more about efforts to investigate real-life reports of ghosts and curses.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Frequent intense peril and violence, suicide, characters killed, many grisly and disgusting images.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Non-explicit sexual situation.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke.

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