The Grudge

critic Reviews

, 20% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    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.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    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.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    Forget about chilling to the bone, The Grudge barely drops below room temperature.
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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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    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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    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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    James MarshSouth China Morning Post
    Pesce's film lacks anything discernibly Shimizu-esque. Individual moments of tension materialise, only to be undercut by noisy jump scares or needlessly flashy visuals.
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    Scott WeinbergThrillist
    Wanders a bit too far from the franchise's established beats for its own good, but there's still some good stuff here for horror fans.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Unfortunately, the 2020 version of The Grudge is an example of a remake that should not have attempted a comeback.
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    Allen AlmacharThe MacGuffin
    I wish I could tell you that this latest iteration of The Grudge is a good version of this story, but I don't want to lie to you.
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