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Purple Rain Reviews

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
October 6, 2004
[Prince] just comes across as a petulant brat, rather than the symbolically tortured artist. The music, however, is divine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
[Purple Rain] is probably the flashiest album cover ever to be released as a movie. However, like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
August 26, 2004
Purple Rain shares a trump card--its set list--with casual Prince fans, who are advised to reach for the soundtrack album instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Kevin A. Ranson
June 20, 2004
Short people of Hollywood...DANCE!
| Original Score: 3/5
Don Willmott
June 3, 2004
it isn't much of a movie, but it's one hell of a show
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
Awesome musical performances and an enthusiastic if largely amateur cast make this more than just rock history.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
December 13, 2002
A classic '80s rock movie, whose soundtrack was perhaps the best album of the decade.
Read More | 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
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
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
You'll have a rockin' good time!
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Where are all those people who called this "the Citizen Kane of rock movies" hiding?
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It does what musicals are supposed to do: It rides the underlying currents of its moment and renders them glorious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
June 29, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
October 23, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: B
Jurgen Fauth
July 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
January 24, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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