Pulse (Kairo)

2005

Pulse (Kairo)

Critics Consensus

A sinister spine-tingling techno-thriller whose artistry lies in the power of suggestion rather than a barrage of blood and guts or horror shop special effects.

74%

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Total Count: 54

60%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 11,930
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A website, which at first appears to be merely a scary hoax with an irresistible marketing ploy, turns out to be run by a sinister and deadly force. As people repeatedly tap into the site's frightening images of the dead, the supernatural force begins controlling their lives.

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Critic Reviews for Pulse (Kairo)

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (16)

  • Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal.

    Feb 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 16, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 15, 2005 | Rating: B-
  • While it's rattling your nerves, Pulse leaves your brain wanting more.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's best just to give yourself over to its dizzy dreaminess and abstract analysis of the persistent, beckoning throb of the digital underground.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • By the end of Pulse the world seemed a whole lot creepier place. I'm pretty sure that means it worked.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pulse (Kairo)

  • Apr 30, 2016
    There is a nice movie about alienation and loneliness in the age of Internet lost in the middle of this silly, heavy-handed mess that, despite being effectively creepy, dark and oppressive, tries too hard to have a "message" and be profound (to the point of obviousness).
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2013
    Incredibly creepy, soaked in pure dread, and underlined with social commentary about the dark side of the digital world. Pulse isn't about the ghost's boo, it's about the horrible thought of being so depressed, so upset, and having the overwhelming sensation of loneliness to the point that you don't mind being the ghost yourself.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2012
    Not so creepy. Not so scary. Just seemed to never end....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    A plague of ghosts abduct the living, leaving Tokyo and the world nearly deserted. Confusing, creepy, ambitious J-horror that tries to say something about modern loneliness.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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