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The Purge

Sci-Fi . Thriller . Horror . Science Fiction

Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.

Actors: Chris Mulkey , Arija Bareikis , Tom Yi , Edwin Hodge , Tony Oller , Rhys Wakefield , Adelaide Kane , Max Burkholder , Ethan Hawke , Lena Headey
Directors: James DeMonaco
Country: USA , FRANCE
Release: 2013-06-07
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  • Drew Taylor

    The Purge manages to be smart, scary, and subversive.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • 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 observed and acted, and the payoffs involving that Roomba toy excellent. Also, a late-film twist isn't a surprise, exactly, but it is delicious.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Matt Patches

    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. Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The Purge clearly has a lot on its mind, but it never really manages to express it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    Good but not-good-enough schlocker.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • 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 actually stronger when it just goes for our baser instincts.

    NPR Full Review
  • Neil Smith

    James DeMonaco’s blood-splattered thriller begins well before expiring slowly from multiple improbabilities.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The people of 2022 may “release the beast” by slaughtering their fellow Americans. In 2013, that’s still what we go to the movies for.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    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."

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

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

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    After establishing this interesting premise, writer/director James DeMonaco only scratches the surface of its implications before devolving into a creepy roundelay of murders and deaths averted.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The result is inchoate: not involving enough to work as a thriller, and too self-defeating to mean anything.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    The film’s thudding shocks and predictability dull its edge.

    Variety Full Review
  • Neil Young

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    So here I am, trying to like The Purge because I’m drawn to its simple and horrific premise, and it’s treating me (and you) as if we have the IQs of lawn ornaments.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The message just gets louder and louder, cruder and cruder, which is too bad because Mr. DeMonaco knows how to set a stage.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The filmmakers are too much in love with their made-up holiday to observe it to the fullest.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    The film doesn't develop its one good idea so much as stumble around in the dark with it for 85 minutes, crashing noisily into the furniture.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Nigel Floyd

    The film's would-be subversive ideas about the kneejerk appeal of social violence get lost in the mix.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    This movie starts from a premise so sociologically batty it’s hard to take any of its subsequent terrors seriously, which means tension doesn’t so much fly out the window as fail to even get up the driveway.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    The problem with high concepts like this is cooking up a story and characters to go along with it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    Instead of being a creepy B-movie about the necessity of suppressing one's animalistic urges, The Purge is just an uninspired film. Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Mostly, it’s just a clumsy lecture about who we’re becoming, haves vs have-nots, with the haves armed to the teeth.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    A rote home-invasion thriller afraid to be seen as just another rote home-invasion thriller, the film turgidly grasps for profundity by framing bloodlust as patriotic duty.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    A routine home invasion movie more interested in B-horror tropes and bloodletting than a thought-provoking look at "Hunger Games"-ish class warfare.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    As a nauseating variation on the home-invasion theme, The Purge is as sickening as it is dreary.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is quite possibly the most moronic motion picture I have seen thus far in 2013 and that's saying a lot.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The Purge isn’t just stupid; it’s also pretentious and often makes no sense.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    The Purge is one of those unimaginative horror flicks that depend on skreeky music and sudden appearances to startle, but never actually frighten, the audience. The characters are undeveloped, the twists clumsily telegraphed and unsurprising.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • 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 into the hands of a talented and resourceful director (James DeMonaco).

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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