Purple Rain
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Purple Rain, the first starring film for Prince, is the story of an arrogant, young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. The dramatic complications include "The Kid's" (Prince) miserable home life, where he suffers the brutalities of his father (well played by Clarence Williams III) and the youth's efforts to win the love of the beautiful Apollonia. Despite the misogynistic undercurrents in Purple Rain, the film's biggest fans were young women. Gorgeously photographed by Donald Thorin, Purple Rain is essentially a glorified… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"...there is so much good music involved...it easily distracts one's mind from the clunky histrionics."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"intriguingly well-told story"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Purple Rain shares a trump card--its set list--with casual Prince fans, who are advised to reach for the soundtrack album instead."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"it isn't much of a movie, but it's one hell of a show"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"worth a rental for the curious and is a keeper for his fans"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The musical performances are memorable, everything else is forgettable"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Those who are looking for a two-hour music video with a coherent story will not be disappointed."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Purple Rain's gazillion-selling soundtrack album has more or less eclipsed the film in pop culture history books."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"A classic '80s rock movie, whose soundtrack was perhaps the best album of the decade."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called Purple Rain--the Citizen Kane of Minnesota movies and a worldwide showcase for the ascendance of its then-26-year-old star into rock 'n' roll eternity."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Bland Prince vehicle that takes itself far too seriously."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The performers have a bit of a wink behind their performances, and so the artificiality meshes together neatly."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Short people of Hollywood...DANCE!"
‑ Kevin A. Ranson, MovieCrypt.com
"Prince is one of the most talented musicians of our time. His movie doesn't quite reflect that, but it's in Minneapolis, so it's cool."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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