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Purple Rain Reviews

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April 21, 2016
A viewer's response to the movie will probably relate directly to how much the viewer likes Prince to begin with.
April 21, 2016
Simplistic, superficial and surprisingly sentimental, Purple Rain is everything Prince's music is not.
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
March 22, 2011
worth a rental for the curious and is a keeper for his fans
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
May 28, 2005
Bland Prince vehicle that takes itself far too seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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
June 23, 2005
The musical performances are memorable, everything else is forgettable
| Original Score: 2/5
August 21, 2002
Where are all those people who called this "the Citizen Kane of rock movies" hiding?
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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
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.
June 28, 2016
Prince's rock musical-drama has lots of sex, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2018
Catharsis on the cheap; there's no reason to accept the pretense that the hero has suffered much and changed for the better unless you're predisposed to get swoony over Prince himself.
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
May 11, 2017
The film is a love letter to collaboration, to passion, and to the power of music: this is Prince's legacy, brought to life nowhere more memorably than in Purple Rain.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
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.
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