Purple Rain Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
May 28, 2005
Bland Prince vehicle that takes itself far too seriously.
| Original Score: 1/5
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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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 23, 2005
The musical performances are memorable, everything else is forgettable
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
| 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
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
You'll have a rockin' good time!
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
June 29, 2008
| 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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2005
intriguingly well-told story
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Jurgen Fauth
July 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004

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