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Purple Rain Reviews

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Ted Mahar
Oregonian
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
Variety
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.
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
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 8, 2007
Who cares if Purple Rain is silly?
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 23, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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
May 24, 2003
Awesome musical performances and an enthusiastic if largely amateur cast make this more than just rock history.
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