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July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Most critics seem to agree that The Purge: Anarchy represents an upgrade on The Purge, released a year ago. The premise remains the same: Once a year, for 12 hours overnight, Americans are allowed to commit crimes of their choosing without being punished for them. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times suggests that Kill or Be Killed would have made a more suitable title for what she calls a "this satisfyingly creepy, blunt, down-and-dirty thriller, one of those follow-ups that improves on the original." Rafer Guzmán in Newsday also agrees that "it’s better-made than the first" but "is a little overstuffed, and its closing moments of melodrama feel unwelcome, like sugar dumped into strong whiskey. But The Purge: Anarchy packs a visceral punch." Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times remarks that "the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting [than the original] because it takes itself, and its menace, more seriously." But Kyle Smith in the NewYork Post disagrees,writing that it "mistakenly thinks it has big ideas." Actually says Loren King inthe Boston Globe, "The film wants to have it both ways: It mixes sanctimonious commentary about violence and socioeconomic claptrap with grand depictions of violent assaults and terror on cue."