Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Purge Reviews

3.0

41

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Village VoiceAlan 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.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia 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."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    VarietyLeslie Felperin

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterNeil 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.

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