• Released
  • July 23, 2004
  • R , 1 hr 32 min
  • Horror
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
At least as perplexing as it is creepy, with a time-jumping narrative, a chain of barely connected characters and an enraged shape-shifting ghost.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Gets on your nerves.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Still creepy, ooky, mysterious and spooky, but trying to follow the storylines is like sorting spaghetti.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

Director Takashi Shimizu chooses cruel psychological suspense over gore and succeeds in spinning a minimal plot into a panorama of malice.
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60

Film Threat

By Eric Campos
Basically, what you have in Ju-On is a collection of effectively scary sights and sounds - sound effects play a huge part in rolling that chill down your spine – and that's about it.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Shimizu generates a sense of palpable dread in each segment, expertly manipulating tried-and-true scare tactics supplemented by a truly inspired use of spooky sound effects.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The story is told in fractured time. This might not be a problem if his visuals were more fear-inducing.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Divided into chapters, the film jumps around in time, which means that we get to observe Shimizu's utter failure to develop his characters from endless narrative angles.
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Its shapelessness and the cultural differences in acting style will keep this version filed under "cult oddity."
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
Bluntly speaking, Ju-On is anything but frightening. Ridiculous. Unbelievable. Unintentionally funny. It might as well be a parody of a horror film.
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48 out of 100
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