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Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  2. The most horrifying thing in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's fiercely original, thrillingly creepy Pulse (released as "Kairo," or "Circuit," in Japan) is the way the ghosts move.
  3. 80
    Whether you take it as horror show or social commentary (or both), this is sublimely terrifying stuff.
  4. Neither linear nor overly explained, Pulse completely dispenses with smash cuts, cymbal crashes and other editing tricks of the horror trade.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    While not exactly reaching Ring-levels of terror, it's certainly one for connoisseurs of the weird.
  7. 30
    But the big scare scenes seem particularly isolated here, supported by neither the flat characters nor the vague plot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    5
    Unnerving, but slightly irksome and glacially-paced Japanese horror film that didn't quite deliver on its promise. It's a precursor to the glut of similar films that followed it, and might be appreciated more if you have never seen Dark Water, The Grudge, or the Ring, shallow though that sounds; although you can appreciate the artistry you're left bemused. Expand

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