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The Grudge (2004)



Critic Consensus: There's some creepy imagery to be found, but not much in the way of logic or truly jarring scares.

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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 evil that was born years before. As more people die, Karen is pulled into the cycle of horror and learns the secret of the vengeful curse that has taken root in this house. Now she must stop it before it's too late.

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William Mapother
as Matthew Williams
Clea DuVall
as Jennifer Williams
Takako Fuji
as Kayako Saeki
KaDee Strickland
as Susan Williams
Grace Zabriskie
as Emma Williams
Bill Pullman
as Peter Kirk
Rosa Blasi
as Maria Kirk
Ryo Ishibashi
as Detective Nakagawa
Yuya Ozeki
as Toshio
Kazuyuki Tsumura
as Peter's Co-Worker
Jotaro Kitamura
as Policeman
Taigi Kobayashi
as Policeman
Nana Koizumi
as Daughter
Yôichi Okamura
as Restaurant Manager
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Critic Reviews for The Grudge

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (41)

Grisly ghost story lacks plot; not for tweens.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's mechanical moviemaking, but when it works you're likely to quiver, cower and leap with fright.

January 26, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Shimizu understands it is the unknown and the unseen that's scariest, resorting to gurgled growls and passing glimpses of greasy-haired demons to illicit shrieks and shouts from a terrified theatre.

November 6, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Generally speaking, I like a little more plot with my 'Boo!' moments.

November 6, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's no more impressive than hiding in the dark and shouting 'Boo!' when someone walks into a room.

October 26, 2004

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.

October 22, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Grudge


A haunted house exists. You go in it, you die. That's the premise of The Grudge. Now watch all the characters who went inside get killed in between long passages of pointless dialogue and nothing happening. If the image of a long haired girl in a nightgown creeps you out, this may work on you. I was just bored.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

"The Grudge" is a creep-fest that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's not that the movie is complex, the opposite is true. It just takes a pedestrian ghost story involving vengeance and anger and surrounds it with jolts and more jolts. Takashi Shimizu doesn't seem concerned with originality or substance as long as he can make creepy ghosts jarringly jump out at characters. While this is scary at times after a while you just stop caring. Sarah Michelle Gellar does the best she can with a thin role that requires her to just skulk around, look scared and ask questions. And when the answers come they prove to be unsurprisingly and unoriginal. "The Grudge" is forgettable and mindless.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer


A terrifying concept executed poorly. Only brings a few scares, but due to the lack of story nothing leaves a lasting impact. The flashbacks are annoying as fuck. It's a tough film to get involved with and the ending blows.

Eric Shankle
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

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