58

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
Once again, we're treated to loosely aligned scenes of half-formed characters getting a faceful of director Takashi Shimizu's croaking, implacable, and, yes, still scary housewife-geist.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Those ghosts might want to find a new vocation, because their work here is done.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While The Grudge 2 feels like a second-generation copy - a little faded, with less impact than the first - there are still plenty of moments that will linger in your nightmares.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
There are fun distractions, but it's easy to focus on the flaws.
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40

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Despite some nifty Japanese style tricks and ghostly illusions this isn't scary. It's muddled, same-old mayhem, just with a more international cast going crazy.
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38

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The film pulls off a couple of "gotchas!", but the subtle creepiness of its predecessors is gone, replaced by a sense of numbing predictability.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The most popular facial expression for victims in The Grudge 2 is something I'd like to call "deep befuddlement." This time "deep befuddlement" goes double for paying customers.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Americans are befuddled by the inexplicable, and they demand explanations. With The Grudge 2 Shimizu delivers them and thus defangs the horror, leaving us in a well-lit room, pining for the shadows.
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20

Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
The same problems that plagued the original are on display here. Most notably, the lack of any coherent plot. Lots of creepy kids jump out at us, but these scenes are never satisfactorily meshed into the story itself.
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0

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Utter junk.
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33 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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