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Primal Fear Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a solid drama that's elevated on an all-too-consistent basis by Norton's impressively hypnotic work.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2011
Emanuel Levy

Edward Norton became an instant star after making a splashy, Oscar-nominated performance in this well-executed horror thriller.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

May 1, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

An unfolding mystery in which truth is elusive, and twists are the order of the Norton a career-making opportunity to strut his stuff. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2009
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

its heroes only heroes because they believe in order and not because they're capable of order's championing or restoration.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

April 1, 2009
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Helped greatly by excellent performances from both of the film's leads, as well as the rounded supporting cast.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

March 26, 2009
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The plot is engaging, the cast is exceptional, and Hoblit moves things along in commendably straightforward fashion. Very entertaining.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

March 5, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Exhibits many of the genre's common weaknesses, but the fine acting of Edward Norton, Laura Linney and Richard Gere enables us to forgive them.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

February 25, 2009
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Unfortunately, Primal Fear hasn't aged well; there are wrinkles and pockmarks all over its face.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 40/100

December 29, 2007
Cole Smithey

Ed Norton is out of this world in his break-out performance.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Memorable for Edward Norton's chilling debut.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 17, 2005
Michael Dequina

Works quite well as a mystery and as a courtroom drama.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

December 28, 2004
Sarah Chauncey

Bad movie, but Norton's performance makes it worth watching.

| Original Score: 2/5

June 8, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O filme tem, no elenco, sua maior arma.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

an ambitious film, but also a somewhat muddled one

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 27, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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As a forum for its actors and for the big-screen directorial debut of multi-Emmy winner Gregory Hoblit, the film is up to the job.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Carlo Cavagna

Consistently entertaining, a fantastic cast, and, most importantly, the film debut of two-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
Neil Cohen
Echo Magazine

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2007
Susan Granger

| Original Score: 2/5

October 27, 2006
Boyd van Hoeij

| Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 2/5

October 9, 2005
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