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The Purge Reviews

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June 18, 2013
Contrary to the home-invasion emphasis of its trailer, it never loses touch with its ingenious premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2013
...a big, dumb home invasion horror movie.
June 16, 2013
DeMonaco makes his point, but it's one that only resonates in the improbable scenario he's concocted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 15, 2013
The premise is intriguing but the movie is pretty disgusting. If it really had something to say about violence in our society okay, but it's just there for entertainment so beware.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 13, 2013
Writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge fritters away its promise in lurid, frenzied violence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 13, 2013
The execution is lackluster in this subversive examination of contemporary suburban violence, which gradually drains the credibility from its intriguing if cynical futuristic idea.
June 13, 2013
Have you seen worse? Sure. I suppose you could call this efficient, but that stops short of being a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 13, 2013
Lacks the Strength of its Flimsy Convictions
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
June 12, 2013
It really oughtn't be quite this easy to screw up something as bog-standard as a home invasion thriller quite this thoroughly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
June 12, 2013
"The Purge" plays like a weak "Twilight Zone" episode whose message gets horribly muddled by its over-the-top violence.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 12, 2013
DeMonaco clearly hopes to make a significant moral statement on the level of Shirley Jackson's literary masterpiece The Lottery. Alas, his aim at political conservatives who support the gun lobby falls flat before he can pull the trigger.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 11, 2013
doesn't spend enough time with the characters to give us much insight beyond the bare necessities, so their eventual devolution into primordial self-protection feels more like genre machinations than psychological intrigue
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 10, 2013
True to its title, "The Purge" is an unpleasant experience with no one to care about or root for. What you expect to happen happens. Like most home-invasion thrillers, it's more nauseating than frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2013
If The Purge is as far-sighted as Network proved to be, we are in for very ugly times.
June 9, 2013
'The Purge' purges every trite home invasion scenario. That said, audiences will enjoy 'The Purge' more than critics. We're suckers for screeching villains, big explosions and victims getting their gory revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 9, 2013
A cerebral screamfest certain to give you goosebumps!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 7, 2013
...the plot strains credulity to the breaking point, but it holds up, even through the violent, bloody ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 7, 2013
there's an interesting 'what if' scenario that makes for good conversation and speculation by the audience. However, the execution borderlines on silly
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 7, 2013
A mediocre home invasion film whose implausible central plot device undercuts whatever point it was trying to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 7, 2013
Go primal or go home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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