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Purple Rain Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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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.
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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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It does what musicals are supposed to do: It rides the underlying currents of its moment and renders them glorious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4