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The Purge Reviews

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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
March 21, 2016
Nauseating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
June 6, 2013
A sheep in Straw Dogs' clothing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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
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
June 4, 2013
DeMonaco's movie lacks the courage to explore the possibilities suggested by its stoner argument conceit.
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
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
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
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
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
May 7, 2013
Logic and drama are what get purged here.
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
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 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
July 14, 2016
The Purge offers mediocre thrills wrapped in absurd rhetoric.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 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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