• R, 2 hr. 23 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mike Nichols
    In Theaters:
    Mar 20, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 8, 1998
  • Universal


—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
27% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
81% The Congress Aug 29
67% Life Of Crime Aug 29

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $17.2M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16.7M
39% If I Stay $15.7M
20% Let's Be Cops $10.8M
18% When The Game Stands Tall $8.4M
34% The Expendables 3 $6.5M
32% The Giver $6.4M
45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For $6.3M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $5.3M
20% Into The Storm $3.8M

Coming Soon

—— Innocence Sep 05
—— The Identical Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
67% The House of Magic Sep 05
73% God Help the Girl Sep 05

New Episodes Tonight

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% The Divide: Season 1
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Franklin & Bash: Season 4
—— Graceland: Season 2
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
57% Legends: Season 1
—— Motive: Season 2
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1
43% Young & Hungry: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Covert Affairs: Season 5
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 5
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3
60% Tyrant: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Primary Colors Reviews

Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

As satire, it's toothless and indulgent; as drama of conscience, it's not a patch on real life...

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006

Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop Critic

| Original Score: 3.5/4

July 12, 2002

USA Today
Top Critic IconTop Critic

| Original Score: 4/4

February 27, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A smart and savvy piece of work.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 14, 2001
Todd McCarthy
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Travolta's warmth and expansiveness effectively amplify and embellish the likable and personable side of Stanton.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 14, 2001
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Sheerly as film, Primary Colors generally sizzles.

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Dramatically weak.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie loses something by downplaying the book's arresting contrast between Stanton's smooth dishonesty and Picker's raw sincerity.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The film seldom displays much in the way of directorial hallmarks.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie is endlessly inventive and involving.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A slack, tepid picture stuck in a no man's land between satire and drama.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie itself makes no judgment. It's smart enough to ask you to do that by yourself and for yourself.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This entertaining but rather peculiar movie asks extraordinary questions, and I wish it were better equipped to give the answers.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Primary Colors is the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington of our jaded era.

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Adapting Joe Klein's roman a clef of the same name, ferociously witty screenwriter Elaine May and her smooth old compatriot in comedy, director Mike Nichols, have made a zingy drama and have staffed it well.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A hilariously entertaining movie.

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
Top Critic IconTop Critic

There are piecemeal wonders in Primary Colors, but not the grand and resonant vision the film should have been.

January 1, 2000
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

May and Nichols may not be right for the material, especially the Searching for Jimmy Stewart component, which feels more labored as the film proceeds.

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Like its politicians, the movie is savvy about using whatever it takes to achieve a goal.

January 1, 2000
David Edelstein
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's hard for me fully to express how deeply rotten I think Primary Colors is. Adjectives like 'glib,' 'coarse,' and 'sour' don't fully do it.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 1, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Those who wonder how good a Clinton impersonation Travolta does miss the point.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile