The Grudge; not very good feedback

A drawing represents the fear inspired by the movie.

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A drawing represents the fear inspired by the movie.

On January 3rd, 2020, Sony Pictures released a new installment in The Grudge series, rather, a spinoff from the original movies. The film was directed by Nicolas Pesce, and produced by Sam Raimi, best known as being the director of the original Spider-Man movie trilogy.  The movie stars many actors such as Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, and Demián Bichir. The film has a simple plot, which is that a police officer discovers several crime scenes and murders of innocent people. However, they all have evidence that puts the perpetrator in one single location.

The film has a fairly decent story, but the big issue is the reviews. The film was criticized for its length, it’s jumpscares, and just the general overall quality of the movie. Many online film critics were extremely disappointed and some were even disgusted with the movie’s horrendous attempts at being a ‘decent’ horror movie. The websites, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic were one of many that described the movie and it’s extremely hard to watch scenes. Here are some of the many film critics that have critiqued the film, and not in a nice way.

Rotten Tomatoes has become one of the most famous movie critic websites out there. Founded by Senh Doung in August of 1998, the company has become famous for its unique rating system. The system is pretty simple, films and TV shows with reviews with an average of over 60% are “fresh.” Films and TV shows with reviews with an average of under 60% are considered and rated “rotten.” With that established, Rotten Tomatoes sure had something to say about the horrible movie that is, The Grudge. The company gave The Grudge a 20% on the Tomatometer and a 23% on the audience score. The critics consensus states, “Dull and derivative, the rebooted Grudge wastes a talented cast and filmmaker on watered-down scares that may leave viewers nursing grievances of their own.”

Another famous film critic is Metacritic. We live in a society where Metacritic is a very popular film critic website, next to aforementioned Rotten Tomatoes. They were created in January of 2001, just around 19 years ago. The company gives the movie a 41 out of 100, and was given mixed to average reviews. 

The Grudge is still a relatively new movie, so most people might have not seen it yet. However, after all the terrible reviews that the film received, it wouldn’t be very surprising if people chose to not watch the film.