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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    Bluntly speaking, Ju-On is anything but frightening. Ridiculous. Unbelievable. Unintentionally funny. It might as well be a parody of a horror film. show more

  • 25
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Its shapelessness and the cultural differences in acting style will keep this version filed under "cult oddity." show more

  • 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. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Gets on your nerves. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The story is told in fractured time. This might not be a problem if his visuals were more fear-inducing. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 60
    Eric Campos Film Threat

    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. show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    Still creepy, ooky, mysterious and spooky, but trying to follow the storylines is like sorting spaghetti. show more

  • 89
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Shimuzu sees darkened staircases and hears the rustle of dead autumn leaves and reacts as if from the devil’s own haiku. And his dread is catching. show more

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