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The Purge Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One gigantic missed opportunity.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

July 10, 2014
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A fascinating commentary on class warfare is blended into this fun quasi-futuristic horror thriller.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 15, 2014
Ray Pride

A brute, icy little shocker, "The Purge" is a thriller willing to engage blood as well as tension, with just a little politics.

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 7, 2014
Bryan Bishop
The Verge

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.

Full Review Source: The Verge

January 22, 2014
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve

What should be a taut thriller stretches into an overextended slog with periodic scolding lectures.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2/5

July 11, 2013
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

July 11, 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.

Full Review Source: Twitch

July 10, 2013
David Nusair

It's a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 2013
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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 Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 3/4

June 28, 2013
Dave White

...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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 18, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Contrary to the home-invasion emphasis of its trailer, it never loses touch with its ingenious premise.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2013
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies

...a big, dumb home invasion horror movie.

Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies

June 17, 2013
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

DeMonaco makes his point, but it's one that only resonates in the improbable scenario he's concocted.

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 4/10

June 16, 2013
Pete Hammond

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 Source: Movieline | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 15, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge fritters away its promise in lurid, frenzied violence.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C

June 13, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

The execution is lackluster in this subversive examination of contemporary suburban violence, which gradually drains the credibility from its intriguing if cynical futuristic idea.

Full Review Source:

June 13, 2013
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Have you seen worse? Sure. I suppose you could call this efficient, but that stops short of being a recommendation.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 13, 2013
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times

Lacks the Strength of its Flimsy Convictions

Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Original Score: 2.0/4.0

June 13, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It really oughtn't be quite this easy to screw up something as bog-standard as a home invasion thriller quite this thoroughly.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 2/10

June 12, 2013
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