The Grudge

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  • Dull and derivative, the rebooted Grudge wastes a talented cast and filmmaker on watered-down scares that may leave viewers nursing grievances of their own.
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    Daniel GoodwinHeyUGuys
    Hammy acting and trite dialogue don't help this tepid subgenre re-tread of Shimizu's original.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    Forget about chilling to the bone, The Grudge barely drops below room temperature.
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    Katherine McLaughlinThe List
    Never adds up to anything more than an underwhelming horror, leaning on too many basic jump scares.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    We shouldn't have to put up with the barrel-scraping inadequacies of "creak, creak, creak, screamy face!" any more. So don't.
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    Brian VinerDaily Mail (UK)
    [W]riter-director Nicolas Pesce keeps his film creaking and shrieking along within a taut 94 minutes, filling it with some disagreeable images even by the standards of the genre.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Trapped in a pile of garbage: I'm sure the cast of The Grudge know how that feels.
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    Adam SweetingThe Arts Desk
    The satanic bath full of black water containing unknown monstrosities becomes merely comical.
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    John ByrneRTÉ (Ireland)
    [D]espite it being highly derivative, it was also very enjoyable in a blood-soaked Scooby-Doo kind of way, with lots of look out behind you and jump-scary moments.
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    Amon WarmannEmpire Magazine
    A generic but competent reboot-quel enlivened by good performances across the board and some stylish direction. No grudges need be held here, but maybe it's time to put this franchise to bed.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    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.
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