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The Purge Reviews

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J. Olson
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
Debashine Thangevelo
Independent Online (South Africa)
March 21, 2016
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
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.
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
June 6, 2013
A sheep in Straw Dogs' clothing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
June 6, 2013
The satirical social observations about class warfare and the elimination of poverty by killing the poor are really just an excuse to get the motley crew of sociopaths into the house.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
June 6, 2013
No real answers are provided by writer-director James DeMonaco. He simply presents this bizarre dystopian future, and the audience is left to take it or leave it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 4, 2013
DeMonaco's movie lacks the courage to explore the possibilities suggested by its stoner argument conceit.
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
Top Critic
June 6, 2013
The Purge suffers from BioShock Syndrome: Its survive-at-all-costs plot and anti-libertarian slant are incompatible.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
June 5, 2013
Heavy handed satire of a violent, haves vs. have-nots America remade in the NRA and Tea Party's image.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
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
Devin Faraci
May 7, 2013
Logic and drama are what get purged here.
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James Berardinelli
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
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
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
Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
The Purge offers mediocre thrills wrapped in absurd rhetoric.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 6, 2013
The great premise in "The Purge" - and it is a great premise, while being no "Hunger Games" - is squandered on a few levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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