Purple Rain
Purple Rain (1984)

The Kid is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Purple Rain makes for undeniably uneven cinema, but it's held together by its star's singular charisma -- not to mention a slew of classic songs.

Cynthia Kirk

Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre.

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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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Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The film is a love letter to collaboration, to passion, and to the power of music: this is Prince's legacy, brought to life nowhere more memorably than in Purple Rain.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Prince's 1984 movie debut seems more like his deification, with an aggressively stupid plot line that serves only to set him up as a paragon of artistic integrity, sexual prowess, and superhuman sensitivity.

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Frances Dickinson
Time Out

[The plot] is all no more than fancy padding around the film's heart, which only starts to really pump when Prince is up on stage: a teasing, hot amalgam of Marc Bolan, Nijinsky and the Scarlet Pimpernel, as electric as his guitar.

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Cynthia Rose
Monthly Film Bulletin

As a debut and a savvy statement of personal enterprise, Purple Rain is quite an accomplishment. As a film, moreover, it is precisely the sort of vehicle one would have wished for Elvis in his Hollywood heyday.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Purple Rain] is probably the flashiest album cover ever to be released as a movie. However, like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The drama is clunky, the acting is awful more often than not, and the casual sexism simmers throughout. But whenever Prince takes the stage to perform one of his sizzling songs, the picture irresistibly exudes sex, sweat and swagger in equal measure.

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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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