The Purge: Election Year Reviews

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October 10, 2016
More interesting than most popcorn thrillers.
August 28, 2016
The Purge: Election Year feels like a franchise that is running out of ideas.
August 25, 2016
DeMonaco serves up plenty of chases, shoot-outs and gory killings but, amid all the mayhem, he soon loses sight of the political subtext.
August 25, 2016
The result is a roiling casserole of bad-taste jolts - lynching trees, parricidal Lolitas, "murder tourism", gallows gags about racist mobs - but each one pulls its weight and makes its point.
August 25, 2016
The premise of The Purge never stopped being a nifty high concept. But this loses narrative interest after about 10 minutes.
August 25, 2016
Election Year is not exactly subtle, but it is stirring to see a marquee film have a crack at America's violent malaise.
August 18, 2016
Election Year maintains the nervy tension that made the first films entertaining, but doubles down on the political metaphors, overwhelming you with its soap-box rhetoric.
August 16, 2016
Given the macabre grotesquerie of American politics and culture in our own election year, the time seems right for a great horror series to reflect it back at us. The Purge isn't that series.
August 9, 2016
DeMonaco's command of the material is confidently self-assured start to finish.
August 8, 2016
The Purge takes far too much glee in presenting its violence like a beautiful fever dream, undermining and muddling its solemn political messages at every possible turn.
August 5, 2016
Its politics are aggressively trashy and polarising - just like in America's real Election Year [but] despite its political drive, there is just too much 'B' under its bonnet.
July 7, 2016
This isn't to object to The Purge: Election Year's specific politics; rather, it's to balk at its simplistic monotony.
July 6, 2016
Like most "exploitation movies," the "Purge" franchise is deeply moralistic at heart.
July 6, 2016
On paper, "Election Year" is the most loudly political of the three films with an "America's Choice" backdrop. But whether it manages to fully relish the opulence at its disposal is another story.
July 1, 2016
The action is largely routine and the dialogue rarely more than functional, but DeMonaco, marshalling the franchise's best production values yet, shrewdly taps into the angry zeitgeist.
July 1, 2016
The Purge: Election Year represents writer/director James DeMonaco's attempt to squeeze one more movie out of a premise that has run dry.
July 1, 2016
The shocks of The Purge have grown stale with characters firing the f-bombs and slurs with the awkward excitement of a 12-year-old trying out a curse word for the first time.
July 1, 2016
The writer/director has a lot to say, but this neo-grindhouse framework isn't built for complexity. Still, the film is just bonkers enough to work.
July 1, 2016
Whereas the first two succeeded in explicitly condemning society's lust for carnage, Election Year opts to revel in it. It's a disturbing development in the series, especially given the times we live in.
July 1, 2016
It would be one thing to bait the viewer's blood lust and then punish them for it. But the films command an audience that's enchanted by its displays of blood-drenched yahoos in kooky masks satisfying their barely repressed psychopathy.
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