Prime

Prime

50%
  • PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ben Younger
    In Theaters:
    Oct 28, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 7, 2006
  • Universal Pictures
  • Prime
    2 minutes 25 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Prime Reviews

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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October 7, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The writing and direction by Ben Younger is crisp and insightful enough to prevail, and the performances are all very good.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 31, 2005

AV Club
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October 29, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 29, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Follows a familiar boy-meets-girl scenario, but Younger turns the routine into combustible fun.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 28, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A movie as weirdly titled as it is constructed, the romantic comedy Prime is proof that even the great Meryl Streep occasionally slips up in her acting choices.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 28, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Streep, beaming in her horn-rimmed glasses and spouting platitudes like 'Focus on the now, for now,' makes it all a treat.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 28, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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A cut above the formulaic romances Hollywood typically grinds out.

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

October 28, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Manages a number of decent PG-13 laughs.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A wildly uneven picture that is confused at its core.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

October 28, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The sort of movie where all of the best jokes are in the trailer, but these days a romantic comedy with anything worth quoting at all is something of an accomplishment.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 28, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Occasionally amusing, generally fatuous.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

October 28, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Once the unlikely premise is established, the movie drags on, injected with one-liners and padded with way too many complicated misunderstandings, reconciliations and breakups.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 28, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It offers an unlikely romance in a somewhat comic situation, finding both humor and emotional truth.

| Original Score: B-

October 28, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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All that really keeps Prime from being a one-gag, one-dimensional affair is Streep.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 28, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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This soggy, uninspired entertainment seems to demonstrate that director Ben Younger, who did such a terrific job with the stock-swindle movie Boiler Room, doesn't have the chops for a comedy that's trying to be funny and perceptive.

| Original Score: C-

October 28, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Not quite a romantic comedy, Prime is a hybrid of conflicting tones.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 28, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Refreshingly bright, unpredictable and intelligent while still offering moments of giddy humor that take you totally by surprise.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 28, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A surprisingly smart romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A film that's often a riot, with laughter growing out of identifiable human behavior.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

October 27, 2005
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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Not quite a romance by numbers, Prime is nevertheless a movie we need like a hole in the head.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 27, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Streep's character -- a humorous blend of open-minded therapist and neurotic Jewish mother -- makes the movie worth watching.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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[Thurman's] summery radiance helps make this thin romantic comedy hard to dislike.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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As with most contemporary attempts at the kind of sophisticated romantic comedies that used to be Hollywood's specialty of the house, this one shrivels and flames out.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 27, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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With its ambiguous title and tepid love story, the only thing going for Prime is Meryl Streep.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Something about the way it ends feels like a cop-out, and the opportunities for humor aren't exploited quite as well as they could be.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 27, 2005
John Anderson
Newsday
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Offers a few laughs, enough formula to fill a bathtub, and Meryl Streep, who is always enjoyable to watch, even if the movie around her isn't.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 27, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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In its comedy of errors are actors who bring truth at least to their dialogue.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2005
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Streep, who seems to have found a new lease on life as a loosey-goosey comedienne, does more with it than might have seemed possible.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

October 27, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film drifts about, groping for its center.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 27, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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No movie could survive the dotty premise of this hyperchipper romantic comedy about an age-inappropriate affair -- he's 23, she's 37, and we're supposed to buy this as a May-December love story?

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 27, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Writer-director Ben Younger wants to be Woody Allen in the worst way. Unfortunately, he's gone about it in the worst way.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

October 27, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's a satisfying romantic comedy and a worthwhile diversion.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Brazenly preposterous.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 26, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Hilarious and heartfelt.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2005
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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An oddly juiceless older woman-younger man romance.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 13, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A moment here and there may remind you of Woody Allen's better comedies, but Younger has put his own stamp on this familiar territory.

October 11, 2005
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