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Purple Rain

R In Theaters 06/30/1993 , 113min.
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Critic score based on 8 reviews

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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 star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre. Full Review
Cynthia Kirk
Variety
Playing a character rooted in his own background, and surrounded by the real-life members of his Minneapolis-based musical 'family,' rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre. Full Review
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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 to facile mythmaking. Full Review
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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. Full Review
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Purple Rain is not a revolution. It's not even a good movie. What it is, is a cosmic letdown. [27 Jul 1984] Full Review

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