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Pulse (Kairo) Reviews

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October 18, 2017
Kurosawa doesn't rely on gore or violence to make his specters haunting, but on their inhumanness and otherworldliness.
August 3, 2017
Pulse takes the idea that personal computers and the Internet isolate, rather than connect, people and uses it as the jumping-off point for a devastating portrait of mankind gripped by depression spun from a supernatural conspiracy.
July 11, 2017
"Pulse" is the kind of horror movie that genre fans should see at least once. Allow yourself plenty of time and patience. You'll need it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 10, 2017
Arrow Video releases writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2001 classic "Pulse" for the first time on blu-ray. Kurosawa's films embed social criticism within genre and his "Pulse" is a prescient metaphor for the alienating effect of Internet connectedness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 30, 2009
Not just the scariest sample of J-horror I've yet seen, but also the most profound
April 29, 2009
It's scary, it's depressing, it's engrossing, and it's good.
August 3, 2007
in the labyrinthine fabric of Pulse, different characters must all, one by one, confront their own isolation, insignificance and deepest, darkest despair.
March 3, 2006
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.
February 24, 2006
Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2006
(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
December 23, 2005
Pulse's craft as a dread-fest is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 21, 2005
Even the technology, employed to aesthetic end, creates less a sense of visual poetics than of out-of-date-ness.
December 16, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2005
Pulse is emptied and perplexing at trying length.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 15, 2005
Kurosawa... scares the bejeezus out of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 15, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 15, 2005
The second half of Pulse, in which it becomes clear that the entire planet is being rather swiftly depopulated, is worth the build-up.
December 15, 2005
...genuinely creepy in a slow and steady way.
December 9, 2005
Still creepier than any of your other '05 slash-by-number horror films.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
December 4, 2005
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 | Original Score: A
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