The Color Purple

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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39

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  1. Mar 4, 2011
    9
    Very good but depressing. All of the acting and directing was done very well. And yet, I don't care to ever sit through it again.
  2. R.L
    Jan 6, 2009
    10
    The Color Purple is a truly amazing film!
  3. Oct 15, 2013
    8
    The kind of film that makes you feel warm on the inside, "The Color Purple" is a true testament to the directorial versatility of Steven Spielberg, the acting talents of Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Danny Glover, and the true triumph of human spirit.
  4. Mar 6, 2016
    8
    There are some great scenes and great performances in The Color Purple, but it is not a great film. Steven Spielberg’s turn at ‘serious’ filmmaking is marred in more than one place by overblown production that threatens to drown in its own emotions. But the characters created in Alice Walker’s novel are so vivid that even this doesn’t kill them off and there is still much to applaud (andThere are some great scenes and great performances in The Color Purple, but it is not a great film. Steven Spielberg’s turn at ‘serious’ filmmaking is marred in more than one place by overblown production that threatens to drown in its own emotions. But the characters created in Alice Walker’s novel are so vivid that even this doesn’t kill them off and there is still much to applaud (and cry about) here.

    Walker’s tale is the story of a black family’s growth and flowering over a 40-year period in the south starting around 1909. At the center of everything is Celie, who as a young girl gives birth to two children and is then married into a life of virtual servitude to a man she can refer to only as Mr (Danny Glover).

    Above all The Color Purple is a love story between Celie and her sister, Nettie, from whom she is separated at childhood, and, later in life, the blues singer Shug Avery.

    Saving grace of the film are the performances. As the adult Celie debuting Whoopi Goldberg uses her expressive face and joyous smile to register the character’s growth. Equally good is Glover who is a powerful screen presence.
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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    Jun 2, 2016
    63
    What's wrong with The Color Purple - and nothing that's wrong with it keeps it from being a joy to watch - is what you'd expect of Spielberg: he chews on Alice Walker's hard edges until they're gummy. [21 Dec 1985]
  2. Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    Jun 2, 2016
    100
    To miss this film is to cheat yourself and your family of a memorable moviegoing experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    Jun 2, 2016
    50
    This time out, Spielberg has chosen to put an antic disposition on, and with the single exception of casting, his almost every decision has been disastrous. He has prettified or coarsened; he has made comic scenes broadly slapstick and tiptoed over the story's crucial relationship. The result, alas, is the film purpled.