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Pulse (Kairo) Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

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
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
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

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 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
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
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
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
Derek Elley
Variety
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March 26, 2009
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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June 30, 2007
Andrew Pulver
Guardian [UK]
September 23, 2006

Boxoffice Magazine
September 23, 2006

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

BBC
February 7, 2006
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