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The Color Purple
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don't-take-no-guff Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Glover's son from a previous… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a great, warm, hard, unforgiving, triumphant movie, and there is not a scene that does not shine with the love of the people who made it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Spielberg may not have been the best choice to direct this feminist text, making a clean, neat movie that lacks authenticity, but the movie has many touching moments and the entire female ensemble is good, particularly Whoopi Goldberg in the second half"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A far better film than is usually thought."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It is unquestionably overwrought, but it is a truly lovely film with a lot of emotion in it. The meaning of all that emotion is unfortunately still up for grabs."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Unashamedly emotional, it either totally grabs you or leaves you cold."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"...we can forgive Spielberg his indulgences when the outcome is so profoundly moving."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Overrated, but still a good film."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Spielberg's first big drama is often hokey in places but ultimately succeeds."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
""a should-have-been masterpiece that admittedly has its moments""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Inspiring, sentimental tale of survival."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Brilliant, disturbing storytelling by Spielberg with standout performances."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Spielberg's classicism comes to be appreciated in a goosebumps-inducing send-off for Mister."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Spielberg adapts Alice Walker's novel with respect and (heretofore unseen) mature artistry."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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