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Based on 33 Critics
  • DeMonaco shows a sure hand at building tension. Too bad the film devolves into a series of home-invasion clich├ęs. The Purge was almost on to something. show more

  • 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

  • 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

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