The Purge Synopsis
In a future society, the government holds an annual 12-hour period during which all crime is legal.
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The Playlist

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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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By Leslie Felperin
The film’s thudding shocks and predictability dull its edge.
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Interesting Concept, Bad Execution

By MedRed
I'm torn over this high concept movie. The Purge does not lack in creating edge-of-your-seat tension. There are 4 or 5 high impact scenes and the movie incorporates a nice twist. So what's the...


By vikingman2007
I have never written a movie review for Fandango but decided to do so with The Purge because I want to warn everyone that if you have seen the ads on TV then you have seen the best part of the movie....

Oh no, hell no...

By oguzkagansaltik
I never felt the need to write a review about any movie, and believe you me, I've seen my share of movies. This movie is by far the biggest waste of time. Great setting, but absolutely no plot, no...

Go see this movie!

By crystalpuccio
In my opinion I thought this movie was good. My husband and I saw it and we liked it. It makes you think as well as make you ask yourself, "What is the one crime I would do if I was given the chance...

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THE PURGE The Good: The premise of the story was actually pretty good. For 12hrs, 1 night of the year, all crime including murder is legal. A family gets terrorized because their son tried to do a...


By melissa2487
I have to give 'The Purge' a B+. I know a lot of people hated this movie but I really liked it. I very rarely get scared during a movie but this one had me all tensed up. I'm sure it's doubtful it...

Good Movie. Not great.

By weshop
For those of you who thought that you would be scared out of your skin, this is definitely not one of those movies. Seems like there was more laughter in the audiences than screams of terror. ...


By davekelly1998
Purge was a good movie it had some scary parts but the best thing about the movie is it makes you think about what would life really be like if the laws were like this today. What would it do to...


i like a good psychological thriller.... but this was not it! I'd kill to save my family too!! But this movie was not my favorite! OH well they cant all be!!!...

Don't let "The Purge" purge your wallet of cash

By Ultra101
The premise for this movie was actually pretty good, but the execution was just piss-poor. It turned out to be the most boring thriller I've ever seen. There are so many contrived scenes and the...

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Rated R | For Strong disturbing violence and some language
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