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Based on 8 Reviews
critic reviews (8)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 50
    TV Guide

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

  • 25
    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] show more

  • 40

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

  • 80

    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. show more

  • 60
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    However, like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains. show more

  • 30
    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. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

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