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Purple Rain Reviews

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February 22, 2017
As a debut and a savvy statement of personal enterprise, Purple Rain is quite an accomplishment. As a film, moreover, it is precisely the sort of vehicle one would have wished for Elvis in his Hollywood heyday.
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
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.
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.
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
September 7, 2011
A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
June 29, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
February 29, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
May 8, 2007
Who cares if Purple Rain is silly?
October 23, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: B
April 6, 2005
intriguingly well-told story
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
July 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
June 20, 2004
Short people of Hollywood...DANCE!
| Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2004
it isn't much of a movie, but it's one hell of a show
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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