The Purge: Anarchy Reviews

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December 16, 2019
The world-building of this movie is so lazy that anything built upon it cannot be of any substance, because the foundation is too weak.
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.
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.
September 2, 2017
I'm completely on board with the horror action, but this sequel really points out the glaring thematic flaws.
April 16, 2016
An ugly, stupid, pointless debacle that doubles down on the disappointment of its predecessor.
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.
July 14, 2015
Overtly political in a way that reminds me of a high-school kid who's just discovered radicalism.
June 9, 2015
Moderately impressive while never truly incendiary, The Purge: Anarchy isn't a bad film. I just want Paul Verhoven to direct the next one.
November 7, 2014
The film has lost its soul, its life sapped by the filmmaker's arduous style, and its a great disappointment because there are definitely still legs in the central idea.
October 10, 2014
In a have, have-not society the script might have had less threat of gore and more depth as a genuine thought-provoking social commentary of our times.
September 30, 2014
While The Purge: Anarchy has some interesting ideas, like most of its victims, they're poorly executed.
August 2, 2014
Fun with Cognitive Dissonance: it is possible for a sequel to to be a lot better than its predecessor, and still end up mostly a huge pile of s***.
July 31, 2014
The passable, watchable atmosphere persists right up until the purge itself commences...
July 25, 2014
Writer/director James DeMonaco appears to have developed some delusions of grandeur since the first film hit paydirt.
July 25, 2014
A considerably less interesting but not altogether worthless exercise in ham-handed social commentary and wanton violence.
July 24, 2014
A B-movie bloodbath that is tensely made but pretty vile.
July 24, 2014
The politics are surprisingly complex, in the way that a jigsaw puzzle missing its biggest pieces is hard to solve.
July 24, 2014
It's shot with style and verve, all extreme close-ups and moody saturated colours. But the visual prowess fails to mollify a feeling that this is all rather silly.
July 24, 2014
A kind of al fresco sequel whose implausibilities are no longer confined to one gated home. They take wing and flap all over the place.
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