Purple Rain
Purple Rain (1984)

The Kid is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Purple Rain makes for undeniably uneven cinema, but it's held together by its star's singular charisma -- not to mention a slew of classic songs.

Cynthia Kirk
Variety

Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's probably best to think of the film as an extended music video, a watershed moment for movie sound tracks, and not much more.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Prince's rock musical-drama has lots of sex, profanity.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Prince's 1984 movie debut seems more like his deification, with an aggressively stupid plot line that serves only to set him up as a paragon of artistic integrity, sexual prowess, and superhuman sensitivity.

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Frances Dickinson
Time Out

[The plot] is all no more than fancy padding around the film's heart, which only starts to really pump when Prince is up on stage: a teasing, hot amalgam of Marc Bolan, Nijinsky and the Scarlet Pimpernel, as electric as his guitar.

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Roger Catlin
Omaha World-Herald

A viewer's response to the movie will probably relate directly to how much the viewer likes Prince to begin with.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Purple Rain] is probably the flashiest album cover ever to be released as a movie. However, like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains.

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Ted Mahar
Oregonian

The music is lively, loud, often powerful, sometimes raunchy, yet full of unexpected subtleties and nuances. The staging is frenetic but as perfect as the machines of the art can produce. This is first class music video.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Purple Rain is a surprisingly average musical drama starring Prince. I had heard countless things about this film, and I finally checked it out. Well, it's… More
Jason Owens
I've always been a fan of some of Prince's songs such as "1999," "Little Red Corvette," and "I Would Die 4 You." Of… More
Lenny Muggsy
Obviously the music and watching Prince perform it is the only good thing about the film. Update: Prince's live performances are legendary,… More
Emily Armstrong
Oh my god, this is the stupidest movie ever. "Wow, what an egomanical, bullying, mean-spirited asshole. I think I'll dive into his bed." There… More
Tim Salmons
Classic stuff.
Nani Vang
Giving it a rating through the eyes of an 8 year old.

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