(2001)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

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100
If one masterpiece were to emerge from the recent glut of generally good quality Japanese horror movie, this chilling apocalyptic ghost story from Kyroshi Kurosawa is it.
88
Chicago Tribune
It's a horror movie for aficionados. But it's also for people who don't usually like horror movies at all, who regard them as cheap, crude and over-obvious.There's nothing cheap or crude in Pulse," a fine, shivery movie about the terror of solitude and emptiness.
75
Just know that Pulse possesses the dark art to make your pulse pound and your hair stand on end -- with no cheating.
75
Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal.
75
New York Post
Pleasantly free of blood and guts, with Kurosawa using instead the mighty power of suggestion to give Pulse an invigorating aura of menace.
67
The film's ideas are provocative, yet vague and unfully formed. It's much like Pulse itself, which is a bit too long, despite several great sequences.
60
A horror film that scares you to insomnia is good in the sense that it succeeds in what it sets out to do.
60
Empire
While not exactly reaching Ring-levels of terror, it's certainly one for connoisseurs of the weird.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Nothing in the two snail-paced hours of Pulse makes close to a shred of sense?
50
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.
50
New York Daily News
Pulse works as a hypnotic meditation on contemporary alienation. Traditional horror fans, however, will search in vain for signs of life.

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