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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 25 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    DeMonaco shows a sure hand at building tension. Too bad the film devolves into a series of home-invasion clichés. The Purge was almost on to something. show more

  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    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). show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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." show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The movie even makes night-vision-goggle scares more irksome, a rare feat. show more

  • 50
    Neil Young The Hollywood Reporter

    What should be a clammy exercise in claustrophobic, queasy tension becomes, in the hands of writer/director James DeMonaco, an underpowered compendium of over-familiar scare tactics and sledgehammer-subtle social satire. show more

  • 60
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    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. show more

  • 68

    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. show more

  • 63
    Kevin C. Johnson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Good but not-good-enough schlocker. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    After a wickedly promising start, this pointed political satire quickly deteriorates into a fairly routine, if sporadically quite effective, home-invasion thriller. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    So, fans, gear up for rock-em-sock-em action, yet don’t be disappointed if much of the goonery seems a bit tepid and, dare I say, staged. show more

  • December 14, 2013 tq00000000175613
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    This idea could have been explored in a much more interesting way. I feel really let down by how out of touch the writing seems to be with their world. I can\'t help but think most of the decisions made by the characters would never be made by someone living under those conditions.

  • November 10, 2013 karinkdf82
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    Watched \"The Purge\" over the weekend. It\'s Libertarian Utopia.

  • August 14, 2013 Bob
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    I\'ts a good idea for a movie. However this was the WORST one since the \"Blair Witch Project.\&**************** in a bad way!!!

  • July 06, 2013 What it do?
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    It was somewhat entertaining , but at the same time.. it pisses you off ! Just have to see it for yourself.

  • July 06, 2013 movieseeker
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    It\'s good to see hollywood come out with something new. That being said this movie leaves you wanting your 2hrs of life back don\'t waste your time!

  • July 01, 2013 Goodmom42
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    Not the worst movie ever, but Ethan Hawke\'s acting was laughable. Some of the lines and scenarios were absolutely ridiculous but I didn\'t hate it.

  • June 23, 2013 jamesimpala007
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  • June 23, 2013 cx00000000154353
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    Please, \"DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY\" the history, the script and acting was just horrible. I made the mistake to read some of the critics initial reviews and I wonder if they profit somehow from the movie cause it was just HORRIBLE. So please DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME GOING, YOU\'LL BE DISAPPOINTED

  • June 21, 2013 BOSSMAN
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    this movie was so stupid.

  • June 19, 2013 s78pace
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    Wow What a Horrible movie

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