The Purge
The Purge (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 8, 2013
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Half social allegory, half home-invasion thriller, The Purge attempts to make an intelligent point, but ultimately devolves into numbing violence and tired clichés.

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

Writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge fritters away its promise in lurid, frenzied violence.

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Leslie Felperin
Variety

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.

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Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow

Standard "stalk, attack, revenge" home invasion material, but it's also laced with an appreciable sense of pointed social commentary.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter

Gimmicky chiller lacks the robustness and distinction needed to support its social-commentary ambitions.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

There might be true satire here, but it would take a far less bored reviewer than me to pick away at the flab surrounding the satire.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

If The Purge is as far-sighted as Network proved to be, we are in for very ugly times.

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Peter Hartlaub
Hearst Newspapers

The blunt instrument plot allows for a few sneaky moments of satire and social commentary lite.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

An effective balance of mood and style, not overburdened by grotesque displays of violence but suggestive enough to create a space of believable bleakness that warrants our continued interest until the very last frame.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
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Couldn't agree more with the critic consensus.
KJ Proulx
Cliches around every corner, "The Purge" tries very hard to be original, but in the end, it's clever twist on the genre that the trailers make it… More
Carlos Magalhães
What comes up as a thought-provoking allegory that doesn't shy away from the sociopolitical implications of its premise soon gets lost in a last half hour… More
Al S
A very sharp and shockingly unpredictable edge of your seat thriller. One of the most utterly original and unrelenting thrillers in years, it grabs your like… More
Edward Boxler
You will go into The Purge intrigued by its premise and you will leave very disappointed. In a futuristic America, the new government (called the Founding… More
Cynthia S.
Not bad. Not great. Too many unanswered questions. Good premise, but weak plot...