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.
July 18, 2014
"The Purge: Anarchy" is more in line with what people going to a "Purge" movie would want out of a "Purge" movie.
July 18, 2014
An equally effective, deliciously disturbing movie.
July 18, 2014
Somehow, the fact that writer/director James DeMonaco is more ambitious with his sequel makes it that much more disappointing.
July 17, 2014
It is better than the first film in almost every way but that doesn't mean it's appreciably smarter or has appeal to those who like meat on their action-oriented bones.
July 17, 2014
Government-sanctioned mayhem continues unabated in the follow-up to last year's surprise hit The Purge, but the wickedly satiric sense of humor that made the original worth watching is nowhere to be found.
July 17, 2014
It's the plotting, including a number of unexpected twists and turns throughout, that raises the film above the expected blood fest and for that, we must be grateful.
July 17, 2014
Make no mistake, a good "Purge" does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it takes itself, and its menace, more seriously.
July 17, 2014
It's better-made than the first -- DeMonaco's writing and directing are much stronger -- and it also has the courage of its convictions.
July 17, 2014
[A] satisfyingly creepy, blunt, down-and-dirty thriller, one of those follow-ups that improves on the original.
July 17, 2014
The Purge: Anarchy efficiently exploits its high-concept premise while delivering far more visceral thrills than its predecessor.
July 17, 2014
The film wants to have it both ways: It mixes sanctimonious commentary about violence and socioeconomic claptrap with grand depictions of violent assaults and terror on cue.
July 17, 2014
"The Purge: Anarchy" obeys a cardinal law of Hollywood: Shoot first and ask questions later.
July 17, 2014
While the film is rutted with plot holes, lapses in logic and tin-eared dialogue - the obvious is stated again and again - it falls squarely into a category that used to be called B movies.
July 17, 2014
"The Purge: Anarchy" is a dirtied-up breath of fresh air, an old-school exploitation movie that does what it sets out to do.
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