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Pulse (2006)



Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 62

Another stale American remake of a successful Japanese horror film, Pulse bypasses the emotional substance of the original and overcompensates with pumped-up visuals and every known horror cliche.


Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 20

Another stale American remake of a successful Japanese horror film, Pulse bypasses the emotional substance of the original and overcompensates with pumped-up visuals and every known horror cliche.



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Imagine our wireless technologies made a connection to a world beyond our own. Imagine that world used that technology as a doorway into ours. Now, imagine the connection we made can't be shut down. When you turn on your cell phone or log on to your e-mail, they'll get in, you'll be infected, and they'll be able to take from you what they don't have anymore--life.


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Wes Craven, Ray Wright

Dec 5, 2006


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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (62) | DVD (19)

As the ghosts suck the life out of their victims, the audience suffers the same fate.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A handful of creepy visuals can't make up for a mountain of shortcomings.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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It would have been a lot scarier if the film's college kids, haunted by comrades who stare back at them from cyber-hell, looked like they had lives worth saving.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The remake begins with the same premise and appropriates the most striking visuals, grafting them onto a more explicable but equally dull George Romero-style doomsday scenario.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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What was dreadful and trance-like in the original feels here like nothing-much-at-all sandwiched between some stock horror jolts.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The J-horror remake wheel spins again, spitting out this pathetic Americanization of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's apocalyptic fable.

August 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The potential it has to be an adult thriller is ruined because it's just more teen marketed crap.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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The unanswered questions in the original added to the mood, but by trying to answer even just a few of them, this Pulse just gets more confusing and less scary.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Boring youth movies are the result of boring youth characters.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

...the requisite happy ending smacks of studio interference...

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Aparentemente, não há aparelho moderno que seja imune à invasão de fantasmas dispostos a utilizá-lo a fim de se espalharem pelo mundo.

November 30, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Decent horror remake with a strong cast, atmospheric direction and some genuinely scary scenes - you'll never log on to your computer again. Probably.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comments (3)

To add to the insult there isn't even some nudity . .

September 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

A remake that ain't an upgrade.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source:

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a BAD film, just not particularly good.

August 21, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

A curiously dull Americanization of one of the finest examples of subtle, moody J-horror out there.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

As is frequently the case with remakes, it probably would have been better to have let the original rest in peace.

August 19, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

... in the ranks of J-horror remakes, [Pulse] can't compete with The Ring and The Grudge.

August 19, 2006

The film frames its horror as if the ghosts are so many Pinocchios, yearning for what seems inherently valuable to humans.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Dead on arrival.

August 18, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The film cleverly attempts to make technology as scary as the ghosts, but those most likely to fear technology are least likely to see it.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for Pulse

What is the deal with remaking excellent horror films? The films are terrific to begin with. There's nothing wrong with them, the only thing is that the American Studios want to cash in on the remake because they're so greedy and don't give a shit about destroying classics. With the remake of Kairo, now titled Pulse, we get just that. The film is a recipe for disaster. There is nothing good to be found within. The entire film is waste of Celluloid and it's just a big stylish special effects extravaganza. A good horror film uses atmosphere to build its horror, but this remake uses special effects, and it works badly. Although not as bad as the sequels, Pulse is still a sloppily made horror remake that just doesn't cut. The acting, story and directing are all terrible, and there's nothing going on that will appeal to the diehard horror fan. This is a pointless, awful remake of great film and it scraps the bottom of the barrel when it comes to trying to outdo the original. On the rare occasion a remake works, but 97% of the time, it doesn't. One reason they fail is because they never capture the essence, the creativity, the richness of the original film. Pulse is yet another awful horror remake and it doesn't work whatsoever. Luckily, it will be forgotten in the next ten years.
August 22, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I actually liked this a lot more than I thought I would, basically taking the virtual ghost idea to a new level. A really interesting look is given to the movie which will undoubtedly remind you of The Ring. However, this is way more of a post-apocalyptic premise that was disguised as thriller with a final solution in hand. This really doesn't have a definite ending, nor is it a mystery. A lot of why this works has to do with Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder. Without them, this could've been really cheesy. However, the above average acting makes this a pretty believable movie in the end. It's effective and definitely worth watching.
October 30, 2010

Super Reviewer

Not bad, but quite strange scary and has loads with terrifying thrills and gruesome special effects.
Kristen Bell doesn't give a great performance and the rest of the cast with the exception of Ziagler give somewhat good performances.
Horror remake of Japanese's 2001 Kairo.
May 16, 2010
Dean McKenna

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