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The Purge Reviews

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
June 7, 2013
Its ominous tone is consistent throughout its 85-minute duration, and you wish the film were a bit longer with more exposition of the events that shaped this dystopian future.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
June 7, 2013
Interesting, if improbable idea: execrable execution
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
June 7, 2013
DeMonaco strikes a nice balance between the message and the mayhem as he bounces between the philosophical demons inside the Sandin home and the sadistic demons waiting outside.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
June 7, 2013
That old horror-movie standard, a homestead besieged by psychos, gets remixed with a bit of Occupy-era class-conflict satire in the disappointing future-set thriller The Purge.
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
June 7, 2013
James DeMonaco's thriller does get you thinking. What would you do if any crime were, well, a real free-for-all?
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
June 7, 2013
Gimmicky chiller lacks the robustness and distinction needed to support its social-commentary ambitions.
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
June 7, 2013
The rest of the film is a checklist of predictable home-invasion antics rolled out in the name of heavy-handed socio-political commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Hartlaub
Hearst Newspapers
June 7, 2013
The blunt instrument plot allows for a few sneaky moments of satire and social commentary lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Berry
National Post
June 7, 2013
It would like to be high concept, maybe even darkly philosophical, but it mistakes recognizing questions with trying to understand them, and then it clubs you in the face with that recognition with twice the zeal of any of its purging characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
June 7, 2013
A home-invasion fantasy exploiting such hot-button topics as racism and right-wing paranoia for shock value. Release this beast, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
June 7, 2013
The premise is the only interesting thing about The Purge, which very quickly devolves into a poorly-staged, narratively-challenged home invasion picture.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
June 7, 2013
Whom do we root for, when both the family under assault from murderous hooligans and the hooligans themselves behave like idiots?
| Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 7, 2013
When critics bemoan the dumbing down of movies, they're talking about stuff like The Purge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 7, 2013
Renders fictional class warfare and fictional misguided government policy as a shocking jolt of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
June 7, 2013
As it stands now it is merely a movie that desperately wants to say something important and profound, but the best it can come up with is "Boo!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
June 7, 2013
The promising premise of "The Purge" quickly turns into "Straw Dogs" meets "Panic Room". It's never tense, is quite predictable, and features a silly ending.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
June 7, 2013
The Purge is satire done so broadly that the audience might forget that it is trying to comment on something with weight and meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
June 7, 2013
The dumbest premise in the history of Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
June 7, 2013
The Bloody Stranger represents one thing to the clueless folks in his world and something else entirely to you, who know better.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
June 7, 2013
"The Purge" works as an exercise in suspense. Writer-Director James DeMonaco knows how to generate the chills.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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