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Parents' Guide to

The Grudge

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Grisly ghost story has lots of violence, scares.

Movie PG-13 2004 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 16+

Inappropriate scene not disclosed here in the ratings

Inappropriate scene has the actress on top of her partner in panties while heavy kissing
age 12+

First horror movie I watched

I watched this film when I was 12 and it never scared me. rewatched it last week and here is what I think of it: Violence- 4/10- No violent kills but kayakoo kills the people off screen in brutal ways. This means that the violence is left to our minds. Language 2/10- Words such as hell and damn are used. No swear words. Sexual content 3/10- after the woman gets killed, a couple are in bed and they kiss, implying sex but everything happens off screen. Drinking smoking or drugs 0/10- there is nothing to do with this in the film. Horror - It all depends how long u watched horror films. I never found it scary, but other people are horrified of it. There are some intense scenes such as the bed scene of the crawling scene, but overall nothing bad. The movie itself is alright, it is very mediocre but the sequels get better, other than the remake ( that movie kinda sucks ). Overall, I think a 12 year old could handle this movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (70 ):

THE GRUDGE is one of those "Don't go into the house" movies, a remake of a popular Japanese horror film by Takashi Shimizu, the writer/director of the original. Shimizu makes good use of shifts in time to pull us into what little story there is. The usual ghost activities (messing up the house, stalking people) are updated a little bit. These ghosts can call a cell phone and get from the lobby to the 16th floor very quickly. There are some creepy images and gotcha scares, but nothing can disguise the fact that this is just a "who gets it next and how does he get it" movie. Too much of it is familiar, though, from the mysteriously feral child to the backwards-crab-crawling guy looking horrified at some looming presence. You know if a bloody jaw with teeth shows up, eventually we're going to have to find out where it came from.

Indeed, the biggest problem with the film is that, like many American remakes, it feels it has to explain too much. We get a helpful little ghost re-enactment of the whole story. Horror movies are much more horrifying when they leave the explanation to that part of our imagination where our own deepest fears lie, so that each of us can feel personally unsettled right where we live.

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