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By Drew Taylor
The Purge manages to be smart, scary, and subversive.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
There are flaws, but also some fun surprises. Much closer to Hitchcock than "Hostel," this is what can happen when a pile of trash falls into the hands of a talented and resourceful director (James DeMonaco).
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
As in so many Hollywood spectacles, the message and medium are at hopeless odds... Still, the set-up is arresting, the domestic scenes well observed and acted, and the payoffs involving that Roomba toy excellent. Also, a late-film twist isn't a surprise, exactly, but it is delicious.
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There’s gold in the premise of “The Purge” and its dismissal of subtlety. But like the residents of its world, when given the opportunity, it drops restraint and goes for blood.
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Entertainment Weekly

The Purge clearly has a lot on its mind, but it never really manages to express it.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin C. Johnson
Good but not-good-enough schlocker.
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Total Film

By Neil Smith
James DeMonaco’s blood-splattered thriller begins well before expiring slowly from multiple improbabilities.
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By Ian Buckwalter
The Purge is mostly a genre picture trying to layer on some prestige by way of social commentary. The latter falls flat; the film is actually stronger when it just goes for our baser instincts.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Makes its point ham-fistedly and then devolves into a blood-spattered slasher movie. It also unashamedly cribs from more disturbing films like "Straw Dogs," "Funny Games" and "A Clockwork Orange."
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By Leslie Felperin
The film’s thudding shocks and predictability dull its edge.
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41 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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