• 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...
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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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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