Purple Rain Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 27, 2009
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called Purple Rain--the Citizen Kane of Minnesota movies and a worldwide showcase for the ascendance of its then-26-year-old star into rock 'n' roll eternity.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 29, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 21, 2007
...there is so much good music involved...it easily distracts one's mind from the clunky histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 23, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2005
intriguingly well-told story
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 13, 2004
The performers have a bit of a wink behind their performances, and so the artificiality meshes together neatly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 24, 2004
Purple Rain's gazillion-selling soundtrack album has more or less eclipsed the film in pop culture history books.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
July 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
June 20, 2004
Short people of Hollywood...DANCE!
| Original Score: 3/5
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
June 3, 2004
it isn't much of a movie, but it's one hell of a show
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
January 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
December 13, 2002
A classic '80s rock movie, whose soundtrack was perhaps the best album of the decade.
| Original Score: 5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
November 22, 2002
Prince is one of the most talented musicians of our time. His movie doesn't quite reflect that, but it's in Minneapolis, so it's cool.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nicolas Lacroix
Showbizz.net
November 12, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 11, 2002
So-so picture that is most notable for the terrific musical sequences featuring Prince and his band.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004

Film4
May 24, 2003
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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