Pulse

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27

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 461 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 11 out of 18
  1. 63
    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.
  2. 50
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 30
    The remake begins with the same premise and appropriates the most striking visuals, grafting them onto a more explicable but equally dull George Romero-style doomsday scenario.
  5. 25
    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.
  6. Tedious, baffling and ultimately laughable.
  7. 10
    Here, the CG effects are plentiful, but the scare factor rarely rises above the level of a viral email, and the desaturated color scheme of Sonzero and cinematographer Mark Plummer makes every frame look as though it was developed in a solution of vomit and ash.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 18 out of 28
  1. Sep 26, 2012
    10
    Better than the original by far.
  2. Sep 26, 2012
    10
    Great, scary film
  3. Pencils
    Aug 12, 2006
    7
    Not the best, but not bad. Quite atmospheric and creepy at times. No, it didnt make a lot of sense in spots, but, then, what horror movies Not the best, but not bad. Quite atmospheric and creepy at times. No, it didnt make a lot of sense in spots, but, then, what horror movies does, really? Very few, so I don't worry about that part. I liked the low-key special effects. In the end, it's an enjoyable way to spend a summer afternoon. Expand
  4. WAJ
    Aug 17, 2006
    2
    Although this movie had some decent visual effects and notable cinematography, the plot and acting left much to be desired. The movie seemed Although this movie had some decent visual effects and notable cinematography, the plot and acting left much to be desired. The movie seemed to have been made to show the director's/writer's hatred of how technology has become part of everyones lives. The beginning of the story spent more time acting as a commercial for razor phones rather than developing the charachters. By the end, the "moral" of the story is smashed repeatedly over your head, but the story itself strays and begins making less and less sense. It seems as though the writer or director began to run out of ideas and borrowed from much better horror/suspense movies such as 28 days later and The Shining. This movie is clearly not worth the ten dollars and definitely not worth the two hours or so of your life that it steals from you. Expand
  5. WJS
    Aug 28, 2015
    2
    This movie is very weird and although it has a few creepy moments, mostly it's just a bunch of nightmare images strung together in a basicallyThis movie is very weird and although it has a few creepy moments, mostly it's just a bunch of nightmare images strung together in a basically plot less story. The acting is not that great and it's shot in a very dark way that makes it hard to see. The direction is very pedestrian and the visual effects are not that special. Expand
  6. KevinB
    Dec 30, 2006
    1
    The only saving grace of this movie is Kristen Bell. The rest of it is lazy screenwriting. And red tape? Really? Come on... "they take your The only saving grace of this movie is Kristen Bell. The rest of it is lazy screenwriting. And red tape? Really? Come on... "they take your will to live." That's scary? No. It isn't. It's a good thing I didn't have to pay to rent this. Expand
  7. AmitabhJ.
    Aug 9, 2006
    0
    Simple...One of thw worst films ive seen...Not even worth the space it occupies on the web.

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