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The Purge Reviews

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Pete Hammond
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
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
Writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge fritters away its promise in lurid, frenzied violence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
June 13, 2013
Lacks the Strength of its Flimsy Convictions
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 12, 2013
"The Purge" plays like a weak "Twilight Zone" episode whose message gets horribly muddled by its over-the-top violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Glenn Lovell
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
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 10, 2013
If The Purge is as far-sighted as Network proved to be, we are in for very ugly times.
Clay Cane
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+
Kam Williams
June 9, 2013
A cerebral screamfest certain to give you goosebumps!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
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
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
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
Willie Waffle
June 7, 2013
Go primal or go home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kofi Outlaw
June 7, 2013
Despite some cliched horror characters and tropes, The Purge is recommendable to those who like the short, sweet, and cathartic violent enjoyment of a solid thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Rogers
June 7, 2013
Feels like the speculative offspring from a shotgun marriage between real-life, tenuous policies and discordant bluster. From a political point of view, it invites you to the wedding, lets you decide on which side to sit and avoids any sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 7, 2013
The movie repeatedly chickens out when it should be, well, purging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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