Purple Rain Synopsis
The Kid (Prince) fights his rival (Morris Day) for a singer (Apollonia Kotero) and success.
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Variety

Playing a character rooted in his own background, and surrounded by the real-life members of his Minneapolis-based musical 'family,' rock...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Fresh music and silly dialogue - those aspects of Purple Rain haven't changed over the years. [Review of re-release]
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60

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
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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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The pop-music star Prince makes his movie debut in this bizarre drama about a rock singer with a troubled career and a miserable home life.
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50

TV Guide

If you like Prince's music, you'll love this movie. If not, stay away.
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40

Empire

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A fairly dappy and overlong attempt to turn Prince the then emergent rock-funk superstar into a movie star.
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30

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
The project would have been much more palatable as a TV special; as it stands, it's just another symptom of the American cinema's addiction...
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25

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Purple Rain is not a revolution. It's not even a good movie. What it is, is a cosmic letdown. [27 Jul 1984]
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By amandas7694
How can you not love this movie?!! Prince is an amazing musician!!!!...

Prince Reigns!

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In his Prime

By ginia64
See it again for the first time...

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