The Purge: Anarchy Reviews

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July 24, 2014
Flickers of dread materialise - care of those one-percenters co-opting the event for entertainment - though again we're mostly in second gear.
July 24, 2014
The politics are surprisingly complex, in the way that a jigsaw puzzle missing its biggest pieces is hard to solve.
July 18, 2014
For most of the film, returning writer-director James DeMonaco favors gore and shock inserts of music over the edgy, nasty parody for which the material seems ready made.
July 18, 2014
DeMonaco is more interested in scenarios than in stocking them with human beings. Everybody here is a backstory in a T-shirt.
July 18, 2014
Grillo's performance will make you wonder why he didn't start headlining movies like this before turning 50; his is the soft-spoken kind of charisma that helped make half of the Expendables into stars back in the '80s and '90s.
July 18, 2014
The Purge: Anarchy is basically a slasher movie in which society is the deranged killer. It plays like it's already a grindhouse classic - dark, dirty, and disreputable.
May 7, 2019
People will continue to pass these off as silly movies, though, they are much more than that. They reveal the beating, ugly heart of America.
April 5, 2019
The path DeMonaco takes for ANARCHY may seem the logical one, but it flirts with camp so often you wonder how much better it might have been with an outright satirical approach a la GOD BLESS AMERICA.
March 5, 2019
The Purge: Anarchy is little more than a pointless exercise in bad taste featuring bland protagonists and ugly antagonists caught up in an endless cycle of brutality.
March 2, 2019
The ensuing scenes of flight and fight are thrilling, but the bigger picture that slowly emerges of a world in which the rich remorselessly prey on the poor is scarier still.
February 1, 2019
The social conscience is a little more palatable here, but it still feels tacked on in a film that wears out its welcome long before the final act.
October 23, 2018
It is hard not to get behind the fun of The Purge: Anarchy. This is a sick, twisted world full of evil and petty common folk finally unleashing the beast that lies in all of us.
October 19, 2017
Movies like this don't need to be smart, they just need to be entertaining, and The Purge: Anarchy is, if nothing else, entertaining.
September 2, 2017
I'm completely on board with the horror action, but this sequel really points out the glaring thematic flaws.
May 16, 2017
The questions beneath it linger longer than the slightly greasy joy of watching bad people pay for our collective sins.
July 14, 2016
Progressive allegory so stupid it comes across as conservative parody.
April 16, 2016
An ugly, stupid, pointless debacle that doubles down on the disappointment of its predecessor.
February 28, 2016
A face [is given] to moral questions posed in The Purge by specifically revolving the plot around today's growing wealth disparity as underground leaders rise to fight back.
January 7, 2016
A vast improvement and a more well-conceived concept this time around, The Purge: Anarchy is a ridiculous amount of fun and Frank Grillo is truly one of the better cinematic anti-heroes we've seen in some time.
August 27, 2015
Perhaps it's fitting that the word "anarchy" is in the movie's title: it implies all that is necessary in describing such a disorderly narrative.
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