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Purple Rain Reviews

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Roger Catlin
Omaha World-Herald
April 21, 2016
A viewer's response to the movie will probably relate directly to how much the viewer likes Prince to begin with.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
April 21, 2016
Simplistic, superficial and surprisingly sentimental, Purple Rain is everything Prince's music is not.
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.
Read More | 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
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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.
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
June 28, 2016
Prince's rock musical-drama has lots of sex, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
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
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Cynthia Kirk
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.
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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.
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
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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