BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Purge: Anarchy Reviews

By Dr. Know on July 18th, 2014

Critic Reviews for The Purge: Anarchy

via Rotten Tomatoes

Grillo’s performance will make you wonder why he didn’t start headlining movies like this before turning 50; his is the soft-spoken kind of charisma that helped make half of the Expendables into stars back in the ’80s and ’90s.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Village Voice

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The Purge: Anarchy is basically a slasher movie in which society is the deranged killer. It plays like it’s already a grindhouse classic – dark, dirty, and disreputable.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

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“The Purge: Anarchy” is more in line with what people going to a “Purge” movie would want out of a “Purge” movie.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Detroit News

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An equally effective, deliciously disturbing movie.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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It is better than the first film in almost every way but that doesn’t mean it’s appreciably smarter or has appeal to those who like meat on their action-oriented bones.

July 17, 2014Full Review Source: ReelViews

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Government-sanctioned mayhem continues unabated in the follow-up to last year’s surprise hit The Purge, but the wickedly satiric sense of humor that made the original worth watching is nowhere to be found.

July 17, 2014Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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The Purge films are resolutely trash, but they can be great trash if you let them, and they really do tug at the fundaments of our psyche.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Mania.com


The action sequences are gritty, the dialogue isn’t half bad, and the film’s swift pace makes the 104 minutes fairly fly by.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Showbiz Junkies

Showbiz Junkies

The kind of bad movie that ought to be projected ugly. It is nothing more than exploitative, trashy satire, but it does work and is a more complete film than its predecessor.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix

A goofy parody of dystopian storytelling.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Better than the original but better is a relative term.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald

Tri-City Herald

Too often settles for horror cliches rather than focusing in on its thoughtful premise.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews

John Hanlon Reviews

…the idea that a half-day of legal savagery would reduce crime or unemployment is ridiculous. But as a license for creating crisply told and politically resonant exploitation filmmaking, it’s close to perfect.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: PopMatters


In “Anarchy,” the class issues hinted at in the Serling-esque original are brought to a lurid surface …

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Philadelphia Daily News

Somehow, the fact that writer/director James DeMonaco is more ambitious with his sequel makes it that much more disappointing.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com


They say politics is a bloodsport and The Purge: Anarchy takes that idea to a whole new level of extreme.

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Examiner.com


This one moves most of the action outdoors and — despite some credibility problems like before — is just good enough to earn a slight recommendation for those who like these sorts of pics. (Full Content Review for Parents also Available)

July 18, 2014Full Review Source: Screen It!

Screen It!

A fitting companion piece that doesn’t simply repeat the formula of its predecessor. Each are worthy of discussion and debate, both of them socially conscious, politically loaded allegories that just so happen to also pass for genre fare.

July 17, 2014Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com


Same absurd premise, same insipid dialogue.

July 17, 2014Full Review Source: Compuserve


This is a movie with plenty of violent action-including a chase through a subway tunnel involving a flame thrower-but that also has a brain in its head.

July 17, 2014Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly

New England Movies Weekly
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