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The Purge Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 24, 2015
Standard "stalk, attack, revenge" home invasion material, but it's also laced with an appreciable sense of pointed social commentary.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
Ray Pride
Newcity
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.
Eric D. Snider
ScreenAnarchy
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.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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
Dave White
Movies.com
June 18, 2013
...quickly forgets its fake concern because there's too much awesome stalking, stabbing and shrieking demanding camera time, too many luxury objects that cry out to be righteously smashed by bad guy skulls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
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
Kofi Outlaw
ScreenRant
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
Suite101.com
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
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
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-
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?
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
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-
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
June 7, 2013
By reconfiguring its old formula, Blumhouse Productions has crafted its best film in years, erasing memories of the terminally declining PARANORMAL ACTIVITY sequels and spin-offs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
June 7, 2013
Writer/director James DeMonaco isn't too far from his comfort zone as he previously scripted the 2005 remake of John Carpenter's 'Assault on Precinct 13.' (Complete Content Details for Parents are also available)
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