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Purple Rain Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 8, 2016
The drama is clunky, the acting is awful more often than not, and the casual sexism simmers throughout. But whenever Prince takes the stage to perform one of his sizzling songs, the picture irresistibly exudes sex, sweat and swagger in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
June 28, 2016
Prince's rock musical-drama has lots of sex, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Catlin
Omaha World-Herald
April 21, 2016
A viewer's response to the movie will probably relate directly to how much the viewer likes Prince to begin with.
Ted Mahar
April 21, 2016
The music is lively, loud, often powerful, sometimes raunchy, yet full of unexpected subtleties and nuances. The staging is frenetic but as perfect as the machines of the art can produce. This is first class music video.
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Cynthia Kirk
April 21, 2016
Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 21, 2016
The less said about the lead performances the better, although Morris Day eclipses the star with a charismatic turn, but Prince and the Revolution were at the height of their powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
April 21, 2016
For Prince fans, this movie will be a must for videocassette purchase, but even they will have to deal with the sexist way women are treated by all the film's male characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
April 21, 2016
Simplistic, superficial and surprisingly sentimental, Purple Rain is everything Prince's music is not.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 21, 2016
Prince's 1984 movie debut seems more like his deification, with an aggressively stupid plot line that serves only to set him up as a paragon of artistic integrity, sexual prowess, and superhuman sensitivity.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 22, 2011
worth a rental for the curious and is a keeper for his fans
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 29, 2009
It's probably best to think of the film as an extended music video, a watershed moment for movie sound tracks, and not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 8, 2007
Who cares if Purple Rain is silly?
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June 24, 2006
[The plot] is all no more than fancy padding around the film's heart, which only starts to really pump when Prince is up on stage: a teasing, hot amalgam of Marc Bolan, Nijinsky and the Scarlet Pimpernel, as electric as his guitar.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 23, 2005
The musical performances are memorable, everything else is forgettable
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
May 28, 2005
Bland Prince vehicle that takes itself far too seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2005
intriguingly well-told story
| Original Score: 3/5
Douglas Pratt
November 6, 2004
Those who are looking for a two-hour music video with a coherent story will not be disappointed.
| Original Score: 2/5
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