Pulse Reviews

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September 23, 2006
As the ghosts suck the life out of their victims, the audience suffers the same fate.
September 5, 2006
A remake that ain't an upgrade.
August 19, 2006
A handful of creepy visuals can't make up for a mountain of shortcomings.
August 18, 2006
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 17, 2006
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
What was dreadful and trance-like in the original feels here like nothing-much-at-all sandwiched between some stock horror jolts.
August 15, 2006
The J-horror remake wheel spins again, spitting out this pathetic Americanization of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's apocalyptic fable.
August 14, 2006
The technophobic horror flick Pulse is a cautionary tale that could have been dreamed up by a frustrated parent: If you don't get off of that computer, kids, you'll turn into a zombie.
August 14, 2006
Most contemporary Japanese horror movies concentrate on mood and don't much bother with plot. But this brain-dead remake is full of yammering about suicide clusters, flu epidemics and hard drives.
August 14, 2006
Hideously ugly to look at and not even worth following.
August 14, 2006
The American version of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Pulse mimics the plot fundamentals, but lacks any traces of Mr. Kurosawas creepy minimalism and conceptual rigor.
August 14, 2006
Pulse is most cunning in its overarching theme: What Americans have to fear most are hidden dangers in their midst.
August 14, 2006
What's the lesson here? Should we all be talking to each other with two cans and a string?
August 14, 2006
Like Naomi Watts and Sarah Michelle Gellar before her, Bell spends this Hollywood remake of a Japanese cult hit at an emotional dead end.
August 12, 2006
The Internet is trying to kill you. Your cellphone also seems to be nursing a serious grudge. They may both be conspiring with your Blackberry... and your TiVo... and possibly your washing machine.
August 12, 2006
Sitting through this movie is a joyless chore. Pulse doesn't have one.
August 12, 2006
The movie is far from great, but it certainly holds your attention.
August 12, 2006
A dumbed-down remake of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's disturbingly abstract Japanese horror film.
August 12, 2006
This techno-themed horror film isn't nearly as scary as watching your computer crash.
August 12, 2006
It's intended as an indictment of our overdependence on communications devices, but the premise is out-of-this-world unbelievable.
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