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Pulse (Kairo) Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce

Not just the scariest sample of J-horror I've yet seen, but also the most profound

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's scary, it's depressing, it's engrossing, and it's good.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

in the labyrinthine fabric of Pulse, different characters must all, one by one, confront their own isolation, insignificance and deepest, darkest despair.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

August 3, 2007
Staci Layne Wilson

Some find it pulse-pounding, while others might be so bored they will have to check to make sure they still have a pulse by the time it's all over.

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March 3, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

(The remake) looks like it will hit the right notes, especially for American horror fans. But I don't think it will hear the mournful music of the original.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2006
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Pulse's craft as a dread-fest is superb.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 8/10

December 23, 2005
Les Wright

Even the technology, employed to aesthetic end, creates less a sense of visual poetics than of out-of-date-ness.

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December 21, 2005
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's an apocalyptic ghost story with some eerie images and a surprising turn toward the end, but it bogs down considerably between the good scenes.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2005
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Pulse is emptied and perplexing at trying length.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Kurosawa... scares the bejeezus out of us.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2005
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's not about blood, gore and oozing innards but unsettling creepiness that gets under a moviegoer's skin and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

December 15, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

The second half of Pulse, in which it becomes clear that the entire planet is being rather swiftly depopulated, is worth the build-up.

Full Review Source: New Times

December 15, 2005
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...genuinely creepy in a slow and steady way.

December 15, 2005
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Still creepier than any of your other '05 slash-by-number horror films.

| Original Score: 6/10

December 9, 2005
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Kurosawa... fills the film with an eerie emptiness, where suicides erupt out of nowhere and mankind dissolves in an oily smudge of hopelessness...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A

December 4, 2005
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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While it's rattling your nerves, Pulse leaves your brain wanting more.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 2, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It's best just to give yourself over to its dizzy dreaminess and abstract analysis of the persistent, beckoning throb of the digital underground.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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By the end of Pulse the world seemed a whole lot creepier place. I'm pretty sure that means it worked.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

December 2, 2005
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Kurosawa's concept of an instant-messenger-aided apocalypse is honestly one of the eeriest, most lyrical visions I've ever seen on a screen.

Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

December 1, 2005
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