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The Purge Reviews

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October 31, 2017
Were it not for one inconvenient fact, The Purge could easily have passed into movie history as a rather decent slasher-thriller. Unfortunately, The Hunger Games got there first and got there better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2017
... though the film struggles to flesh out this rather Dystopian concept (something nearly every futuristic film has these days), it succeeds in its gripping suspense and romantic eye for violence.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 5, 2017
An entertaining and deeply unsettling premonition of the state the US's obsession with guns may leave it in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2017
The interesting thing about The Purge series is how readily and easily the central premise develops into something with a little more bite.
July 14, 2016
The Purge offers mediocre thrills wrapped in absurd rhetoric.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 16, 2016
There are some jump scares, one highly predictable twist, and a fair amount of violence, but "The Purge" pretty much begins and ends with its concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 21, 2016
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 24, 2015
Standard "stalk, attack, revenge" home invasion material, but it's also laced with an appreciable sense of pointed social commentary.
July 15, 2015
There might be true satire here, but it would take a far less bored reviewer than me to pick away at the flab surrounding the satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 8, 2015
An effective balance of mood and style, not overburdened by grotesque displays of violence but suggestive enough to create a space of believable bleakness that warrants our continued interest until the very last frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 31, 2014
...a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 10, 2014
One gigantic missed opportunity.
June 15, 2014
A fascinating commentary on class warfare is blended into this fun quasi-futuristic horror thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 7, 2014
A brute, icy little shocker, "The Purge" is a thriller willing to engage blood as well as tension, with just a little politics.
January 22, 2014
It starts off strong but is ultimately neither scary nor smart enough to kick off the kind of thought-provoking conversations it so clearly wants to be part of.
July 11, 2013
What should be a taut thriller stretches into an overextended slog with periodic scolding lectures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 11, 2013
A workable blueprint for a movie that falls apart in its shoddy construction. Hammers home its concept, then smashes down the doors of horror-movie clichés. Its beaten-to-a-pulp idea leaves the 'hood and sublets to some weakly shot home-invasion B-horror.
July 10, 2013
You won't believe that any part of it is even remotely plausible, but you'll go along with it enough to get a few thrills.
July 8, 2013
It's a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco...
| Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2013
Honestly, this is not a high-quality movie. The script has gaping plot holes, and you need to suspend your disbelief. But it does encourage people to talk about violence. While 'The Purge' may not be entertainment, I can say it's thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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