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.
The film's calculated elusiveness has the effect of distancing us from the story.
| Original Score: 2/4
At least half an hour too long at 119 minutes, the movie allows almost everything to happen at least twice.
Horror... as an obscure premonition of digital destiny.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
There is little in 'Pulse' beyond running around the germ of an idea.
Intriguing concept marred by the film's evasiveness.
| Original Score: C+
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.
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.
Did I mention that nothing in the two snail-paced hours of Pulse makes close to a shred of sense?
While it's rattling your nerves, Pulse leaves your brain wanting more.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Still creepier than any of your other '05 slash-by-number horror films.
| Original Score: 6/10
Pulse is emptied and perplexing at trying length.
Even the technology, employed to aesthetic end, creates less a sense of visual poetics than of out-of-date-ness.
Not just the scariest sample of J-horror I've yet seen, but also the most profound
in the labyrinthine fabric of Pulse, different characters must all, one by one, confront their own isolation, insignificance and deepest, darkest despair.
The all-encompassing atmosphere of gloom and doom creeps under one's skin with sinister subtlety.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
You may go home and throw out your computer and lock the doors.
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.
The director of CURE brings a weird and very complex concept to the screen. One viewing will not be enough to understand fully the premise of PULSE. The idea is something about ghosts and the Internet. The film has an amazing apocalyptic style.
| Original Score: 7/10
Kurosawa... scares the bejeezus out of us.
| Original Score: 3.5/4