The Grudge
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Karen is an exchange student studying social work in Japan who innocently agrees to cover for a nurse who didn't show up for work. When she enters the assigned home, she discovers an elderly American woman, Emma, who is lost in a catatonic state while the rest of the house appears deserted and disheveled. As she is tending to the stricken old woman, Karen hears scratching sounds from upstairs. When she investigates, she is faced with a supernatural horror more frightening than she could ever imagine. Within this house, a chain of terror has been set in motion resulting from a terrifying… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Generally speaking, I like a little more plot with my 'Boo!' moments."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's enough to send you home with jiggly knees and a tummy ache."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Completely misses the point of the original."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...just cannibalizes itself, exploiting Japanese spirituality for a few Saturday-night shocks..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Eschewing plot and a linear timeline for a stylish exercise in mood, Shimizu sets the scenes with long silences and chilling images."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"It's no more impressive than hiding in the dark and shouting 'Boo!' when someone walks into a room."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Almost every single one of the American characters has maybe a third of the personality of the ghosts that haunt them, so you begin to think the grudge itself is less a curse than a perfectly reasonable eviction strategy."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Grisly ghost story lacks plot; not for tweens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Creepy movie about ghosts with an unfair advantage."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's refreshing to see a PG-13 horror film that aims for good old-fashioned spookiness."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"[Blu Ray] Only the hi-def obsessed should double-dip for this one, DVD owners can still sit pretty."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"As a pure, light, PG-13 thrill machine, The Grudge is fairly successful. But it is not especially memorable."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The intent of Shimizu's US-produced feature debut is quite clear: do for Japan what Jaws did for swimming."
‑ Brian Juergens, Freeze Dried Movies
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