The Purge
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If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge fritters away its promise in lurid, frenzied violence."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"That old horror-movie standard, a homestead besieged by psychos, gets remixed with a bit of Occupy-era class-conflict satire in the disappointing future-set thriller The Purge."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"...a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A brute, icy little shocker, "The Purge" is a thriller willing to engage blood as well as tension, with just a little politics."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"A workable blueprint for a movie that falls apart in its shoddy construction. Hammers home its concept, then smashes down the doors of horror-movie clichés. Its beaten-to-a-pulp idea leaves the 'hood and sublets to some weakly shot home-invasion B-horror."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"DeMonaco clearly hopes to make a significant moral statement on the level of Shirley Jackson's literary masterpiece The Lottery. Alas, his aim at political conservatives who support the gun lobby falls flat before he can pull the trigger."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Gimmicky chiller lacks the robustness and distinction needed to support its social-commentary ambitions."
‑ Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
"One gigantic missed opportunity."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It starts off strong but is ultimately neither scary nor smart enough to kick off the kind of thought-provoking conversations it so clearly wants to be part of."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"You won't believe that any part of it is even remotely plausible, but you'll go along with it enough to get a few thrills."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Twitch
"If The Purge is as far-sighted as Network proved to be, we are in for very ugly times."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"The blunt instrument plot allows for a few sneaky moments of satire and social commentary lite."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, Hearst Newspapers
"A fascinating commentary on class warfare is blended into this fun quasi-futuristic horror thriller."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"What should be a taut thriller stretches into an overextended slog with periodic scolding lectures."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"It's a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco..."
‑ David Nusair,
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