Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
The Purge manages to be smart, scary, and subversive. Read full review
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). Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
The Purge clearly has a lot on its mind, but it never really manages to express it. Read full review
Good but not-good-enough schlocker. Read full review
James DeMonaco’s blood-splattered thriller begins well before expiring slowly from multiple improbabilities. Read full review
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. Read full review
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." Read full review
The film’s thudding shocks and predictability dull its edge. Read full review
Blood sport boosterism
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