Top Critics’ Reviews
Rotten: [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.
Fresh: A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.
Fresh: Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre.
Fresh: It does what musicals are supposed to do: It rides the underlying currents of its moment and renders them glorious.