Purple Rain
Purple Rain (1984)

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)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...there is so much good music involved...it easily distracts one's mind from the clunky histrionics.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

intriguingly well-told story

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

worth a rental for the curious and is a keeper for his fans

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The musical performances are memorable, everything else is forgettable

Douglas Pratt

Those who are looking for a two-hour music video with a coherent story will not be disappointed.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Bland Prince vehicle that takes itself far too seriously.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The performers have a bit of a wink behind their performances, and so the artificiality meshes together neatly.

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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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