New The Purge 2 Anarchy movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Universal Pictures released their new horror/thriller flick, “The Purge 2: Anarchy” into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that it did good enough to please about half of them with a 49 score out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews at Metacritic.com.
The movie stars: Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield. We’ve added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.
Manohla Dargis at The New York Times, gave it a 70 score, stating: “Kill or be killed isn’t the official tag line of The Purge: Anarchy, but it fits. It would also make a more suitable title for this satisfyingly creepy, blunt, down-and-dirty thriller, one of those follow-ups that improves on the original.”
Frank Scheck over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade. He said: “The Purge: Anarchy efficiently exploits its high-concept premise while delivering far more visceral thrills than its predecessor.”
Claudia Puig at USA Today, gave it a 63 score, saying: “The film is at its best when it focuses on the more specific conflicts of five people thrown together on Purge night.”
Simon Abrams at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “So weak on a basic storytelling level that it makes you want to nitpick everything about it, from characters’ generically illogical decisions (ex: Why are you running towards mounted guns?) to its cheap-looking, jiggly hand-held cinematography.”
Bruce Ingram over at the Chicago Sun-times, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “In The Purge: Anarchy, unfortunately, grim and brutal is pretty much all we get.”
Betsy Sharkey from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 grade as well. She stated: “The Purge: Anarchy is a good deal bloodier, but also — gulp — a good deal better than its predecessor. Make no mistake, a good “Purge” does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it takes itself, and its menace, more seriously.”