(I) (2006)

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To say Wes Craven's rewrite of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2001 "Pulse" isn't as bad as it could have been sounds like faint praise, but Kurosawa's "Pulse" is one of the true masterpieces of recent Asian horror, and the track record for Hollywood horror redos isn't great.
If Pulse is unsurprising as a horror movie (come on: chalky, soul-sucking freaks again?), as a campaign against the Internet, digital piracy, cellphones, and anything that computes anything (like laptops or brains), it's a riot.
Entertainment Weekly
In this American remake of the spooky, more-atmospheric-than-coherent 2005 J-horror thriller, the ghosts blink and crackle into existence with an electromagnetic sputter, but really, they're not so different from the gauzy, see-through spirits of yesteryear.
The Hollywood Reporter
A horror film dealing with the terrors lurking via our computers, cell phones and other electronic devices, Pulse isn't nearly as scary as watching your hard drive crash or having your BlackBerry conk out in the middle of a vital call.
An unrewarding experience that won't scare you, but might make you think twice before opening email attachments.
Has maybe a half-dozen moderately frightening scenes.
New York Daily News
Hideously ugly to look at and not even worth following.
New York Post
Pulse bears more than a slight resemblance to a 1994 American horror called "Ghost in the Machine." They didn't screen that stinker in advance for critics, either.
It's not scary, it's not chilling, and it's not interesting.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Tedious, baffling and ultimately laughable.
Laughter erupts during scenes and certain close-ups that were designed to induce screams.

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