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Pulse (Kairo) Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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You may go home and throw out your computer and lock the doors.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 23, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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You hate to call a ghost movie haunting, but there it is. It sticks around and rattles.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 23, 2005
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Kurosawa ... brings a true philosopher's existential eye and a born dramatist's emotional integrity to a much-degraded genre.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 22, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Whether you take it as horror show or social commentary (or both), this is sublimely terrifying stuff.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 17, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Did I mention that nothing in the two snail-paced hours of Pulse makes close to a shred of sense?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

November 16, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Pulse possesses the dark art to make your pulse pound and your hair stand on end -- with no cheating.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Horror... as an obscure premonition of digital destiny.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 12, 2005

This is a breathtaking, thoroughly crafted piece of near-perfect filmmaking that's scarier than bloody hell.

| Original Score: 4/4

November 11, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Even though Kiyoshi Kurosawa's influential Japanese horror film captured a particular mood when he made it in 2000, its late arrival here is likely to elicit jaded yawns.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 11, 2005

E! Online

As a meditation on technology and isolation, it'll definitely get your pulse racing.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B

November 11, 2005
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

If you don't believe in ghosts, or the baleful influence of the Internet, or websites that can turn on unplugged computers, you might regard Pulse with skepticism.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 11, 2005
Brian Thomas
Now Playing Magazine

Spooky stuff indeed, and well worth catching even for those that think they're tired of the J-horror invasion.

Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine | Original Score: A-

November 11, 2005
John Anderson
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Kurosawa places his scary story in the context of intellectual conflict. In the case of Pulse, it's a Cartesian argument, but one with which Kurosawa is careful not to get too bogged down while scaring the bejesus out of his audience.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2005
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If one masterpiece were to emerge from the recent glut of generally good-quality Japanese horror movies, this chilling apocalyptic ghost story from Kyroshi Kurosawa is it.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

November 9, 2005
Anita Gates
New York Times
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There are very few moments in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's fiercely original, thrillingly creepy horror movie that don't evoke a dreamlike dread of the truly unknown.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

November 9, 2005
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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You'll never think of your computer in the same way.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2005
Nick Schager

The all-encompassing atmosphere of gloom and doom creeps under one's skin with sinister subtlety.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 9, 2005
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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At least half an hour too long at 119 minutes, the movie allows almost everything to happen at least twice.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 8, 2005
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

There is little in 'Pulse' beyond running around the germ of an idea.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 10, 2005
Bill Gibron

Not only is this one of the best of the recent Asian examples of the fright flick, but it's one of the best movies about individual isolation and loneliness ever made.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 1, 2005
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