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Purple Rain

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The movie centers on 'The Kid', a talented but troubled frontman of his Minneapolis-based band, The Revolution. Tormented by an abusive situation at home, he must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise.
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Oregonian
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April 21, 2016

The music is lively, loud, often powerful, sometimes raunchy, yet full of unexpected subtleties and nuances. The staging is frenetic but as perfect as the machines of the art can produce. This is first class music video.
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February 22, 2017

As a debut and a savvy statement of personal enterprise, Purple Rain is quite an accomplishment. As a film, moreover, it is precisely the sort of vehicle one would have wished for Elvis in his Hollywood heyday.
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Entertainment Weekly
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September 07, 2011

A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.
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Arizona Republic
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July 29, 2009

It's probably best to think of the film as an extended music video, a watershed moment for movie sound tracks, and not much more.
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sbs.com.au
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May 11, 2017

The film is a love letter to collaboration, to passion, and to the power of music: this is Prince's legacy, brought to life nowhere more memorably than in Purple Rain.
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Variety
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April 21, 2016

Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre.
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June 28, 2016

Prince's rock musical-drama has lots of sex, profanity.
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Time Out
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June 24, 2006

[The plot] is all no more than fancy padding around the film's heart, which only starts to really pump when Prince is up on stage: a teasing, hot amalgam of Marc Bolan, Nijinsky and the Scarlet Pimpernel, as electric as his guitar.
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Omaha World-Herald
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April 21, 2016

A viewer's response to the movie will probably relate directly to how much the viewer likes Prince to begin with.
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Chicago Reader
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April 21, 2016

Prince's 1984 movie debut seems more like his deification, with an aggressively stupid plot line that serves only to set him up as a paragon of artistic integrity, sexual prowess, and superhuman sensitivity.
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New York Times

August 30, 2004

[Purple Rain] is probably the flashiest album cover ever to be released as a movie. However, like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains.
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