The Purge Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
There might be true satire here, but it would take a far less bored reviewer than me to pick away at the flab surrounding the satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Keyes
January 8, 2015
An effective balance of mood and style, not overburdened by grotesque displays of violence but suggestive enough to create a space of believable bleakness that warrants our continued interest until the very last frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 31, 2014
...a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 10, 2014
One gigantic missed opportunity.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 15, 2014
A fascinating commentary on class warfare is blended into this fun quasi-futuristic horror thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ray Pride
April 7, 2014
A brute, icy little shocker, "The Purge" is a thriller willing to engage blood as well as tension, with just a little politics.
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
It starts off strong but is ultimately neither scary nor smart enough to kick off the kind of thought-provoking conversations it so clearly wants to be part of.
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
What should be a taut thriller stretches into an overextended slog with periodic scolding lectures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 11, 2013
A workable blueprint for a movie that falls apart in its shoddy construction. Hammers home its concept, then smashes down the doors of horror-movie clichés. Its beaten-to-a-pulp idea leaves the 'hood and sublets to some weakly shot home-invasion B-horror.
Eric D. Snider
July 10, 2013
You won't believe that any part of it is even remotely plausible, but you'll go along with it enough to get a few thrills.
David Nusair
July 8, 2013
It's a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
June 28, 2013
Honestly, this is not a high-quality movie. The script has gaping plot holes, and you need to suspend your disbelief. But it does encourage people to talk about violence. While 'The Purge' may not be entertainment, I can say it's thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
June 18, 2013
...quickly forgets its fake concern because there's too much awesome stalking, stabbing and shrieking demanding camera time, too many luxury objects that cry out to be righteously smashed by bad guy skulls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 18, 2013
Contrary to the home-invasion emphasis of its trailer, it never loses touch with its ingenious premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
June 17, 2013
...a big, dumb home invasion horror movie.
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
June 16, 2013
DeMonaco makes his point, but it's one that only resonates in the improbable scenario he's concocted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Pete Hammond
June 15, 2013
The premise is intriguing but the movie is pretty disgusting. If it really had something to say about violence in our society okay, but it's just there for entertainment so beware.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
Writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge fritters away its promise in lurid, frenzied violence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson
June 13, 2013
The execution is lackluster in this subversive examination of contemporary suburban violence, which gradually drains the credibility from its intriguing if cynical futuristic idea.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 13, 2013
Have you seen worse? Sure. I suppose you could call this efficient, but that stops short of being a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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